Melrose to Consider Reducing Speed Limits

On October 24th, the Board of Aldermen will take up a proposal filed by Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright to establish a speed limit of 25 mph on most streets across the City. The provision was included as part of the Municipal Modernization Act recently signed by Governor Baker.
 
“As Ward 3 Alderman, the number one issue I hear from constituents is their concern with speeding on neighborhood streets,” said Wright. “In 2009, I filed legislation to create ‘traffic safety zones’ allowing speed limits to be reduced to 20 miles per hour near parks, playgrounds and senior living facilities. Adopting this provision of the Municipal Modernization Act is a necessary next step to bring traffic speeds down across the City. The provision provides another tool for police to be able to enhance public safety and enforce speeding laws in Melrose.”
 
According to Mayor Rob Dolan, the adoption of the provision is a no brainer and just one of several steps the City is taking to combat speeding through public awareness. “I applaud Aldermen Wright for filing this order to adopt the 25 mph speed limit across most of the City. Speeding is our number one public safety issue at the moment. Combined with our commitment to increased enforcement on neighborhood streets and directed patrols, we will be able to target areas of the city that are problematic.”
 
The City will also put forward a funding order to add additional solar flashing speed panels, similar to the one recently installed on Howard Street.
 
“The last piece is to create a citywide public awareness campaign to alert drivers that reckless behavior behind the wheel is not ok. We are a densely populated community full of active residents ranging from young families to the elderly who deserve to be able to walk, bike, and drive in a safe environment, added Dolan.
 
Melrose Police Chief Mike Lyle is also supportive of the order. “As Police Chief and a member of the Traffic Commission, we are constantly looking at the challenges posed by more vehicles on our local streets. Using discretion is always key but this provision would enhance the capabilities of the Melrose Police to properly enforce.”

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