Re: "Lower speeds not the answer," Nov. 29.
Recently, someone asked a driver to slow down on our two-block-long street as their speed caused fear for safety. As usual, the response showed disrespect, and followup with police wasn't encouraging.
Many main roads have posted speed limits of 35 or 40 km/h. Most residential streets aren't posted, so 50 km/h is the default speed. Police enforce only the speed limit, but 50 km/h is too fast on residential side streets. Those bypassing major streets with lower speed limits drive 50 km/h, making the street busier.
Requesting a lower speed limit requires a petition and a formal appearance before council. Repeating that for every little street could paralyze local councils.
We support Victoria's request for a 40 km/h default speed limit. That would be a good move toward changing attitudes - and protecting folk who live on side streets. The alternative is to drive pedestrians off residential streets, especially those without sidewalks, because of the risk of becoming accident statistics.
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