LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After a record number of pedestrian deaths in 2018, some speed limits in Lexington will go from 35 to 25 miles per hour within the next 30 days.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted Tuesday to lower the speed limits of several streets including parts of Tates Creek Road, High Street, South Limestone, and South Upper Street.
In 2018, 14 pedestrians died after being hit by cars, the most in the city since tracking the numbers in 1996.
Police say a pedestrian was hit Wednesday evening and is expected to be okay.
According to Lexington Police, the driver was arrested for a DUI.
Lexington Police Sgt. Randall Combs says pedestrians should pay more attention to traffic signs before crossing the street.
” The vast majority of our pedestrian collisions are unfortunately the result of the pedestrian not obeying the cross walks and traffic signals, said Combs.” Obviously, we have a lot of people who walk especially in the downtown area, and campuses, so it’s very important for those people to obey all traffic signals, that we have in place for their protection.”
According to the Herald-Leader, speed limits will also be reduced on Maxwell Street, Winslow Street, Bolivar Street, Manchester Street, South Limestone Street from Virginia Avenue to Avenue of Champions, Tates Creek Road north of Cooper Drive, East High Street, and West High Street north of Oliver Lewis Way to Broadway.