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Eugene reducing speed limit in most residential areas

City officials said the change will take effect as the signs are replaced on each street.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 2:01 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 11:47 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you're driving on residential streets, keep an eye out for new speed limit signs coming soon.

The Eugene City Council voted unanimously Monday night to reduce the speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph in most residential areas. 

City officials said the change will take effect as the signs are replaced on each street.

RELATED: EUGENE CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS SPEED LIMIT REDUCTION

Lower speeds help prevent crashes and reduce harm when crashes do occur. Studies show that a person who is struck by a driver going 25 mph is twice as likely to die in a crash than if someone is going 20 mph.

The city said the change is important to their Vision Zero Action Plan which aims to eliminate serious traffic injuries and fatalities in Eugene by 2035.

Also, the hope is to support safer travel conditions for all users, providing a better environment for people walking and biking in Eugene.

“It seems extremely reasonable just for safety reasons,” Eugene resident Tim Durham said prior to Monday night.

Marvin Kasow, who’s lived in Eugene for 18 years, has noticed a speeding problem in the area.

“Everyday that I’m in my car I hear horns all the time. Sometimes they blow at me and I’m not doing anything wrong,” said Kasow. “I usually notice when they blow their horns they are violating the speed limits.”

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