Speed limit will be lowered on some Lexington roads

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Lexington has hit a record this year, but it’s not a good one.

According to police, cars have hit and killed 14 people this year on Lexington roads.

Often, those deaths were related to DUI or crossing the street at the wrong time, but city leaders hope a change in speed could be a part of a bigger strategy to keep people safe.

“It’s a lot easier to react at 25 than it is at 35,” Jeff Neal, Director of Traffic Engineering, said.

The new limit will be 25 miles per hour for several busy streets, including parts of East High, Tates Creek, South Limestone, and South Upper.

It’s part of an ongoing change.

“If we can slow everybody down, it’s safer for everyone,” Neal said.

Neal says it shouldn’t have much of an impact on traffic because you can’t go faster than 25 miles per hour on many of those streets anyway.

He also thinks you might not notice some of the changes because many of them are on small segments of road the state swapped with the city.

“It actually kind of puts the bow on some of our one way connector streets,” Neal said.

Back on Avenue of Champions, some students say they’re hopeful the speed limit change will make a difference.

Others aren’t so sure.

“I don’t think it’s going to make people slow down. I think that if they’re in a rush they’re going to go just as fast,” Caroline Warren, a UK student said.

“I actually didn’t even know what the speed limit was around campus,” Molly Ring said.

Neal hopes that’ll change.

“We just want to slow everyone down because you know if someone gets hit at 40 miles an hour it’s a lot different than if they’re hit at 20 miles an hour,” Neal said.

You will start seeing these signs in place at the end of the month.

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