Arlington County is the latest to reduce some speed limits
Speed limits are dropping on two roads in Arlington County, Va., with more speed reductions expected.
Across the DC area, agencies are reducing speed limits on some roads, and Arlington County, Va., is the latest to join.
On Saturday, the five-member Arlington County Council voted unanimously to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour on Fairfax Drive from Arlington Boulevard to North Barton Street. — an area comprising medium to high density residential homes and Rocky Run Park.
Council also voted to reduce the speed limit from 35 to 25 miles per hour on 5th Route South between South Carlin Springs Road and the Fairfax County line. This stretch of road includes Carlin Springs Elementary School.
“These are areas where our analysis … suggests to us that there are opportunities for speed reductions to help reduce conflicts and accidents,” said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol. . “Transportation safety and our Vision Zero commitments remain a top priority,” she said.
Like nearly all jurisdictions in the region, Arlington adheres to Vision Zero – the goal of zero road deaths.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates speeding is involved in about 29% of fatal accidents.
“We know that speed is associated with crashes – a significant percentage of the time. So reducing speed limits is one strategy among many, but an important strategy to achieve this vision of Vision Zero,” said Cristol .
The council vote also sets the stage for another vote in October in which the council would decide on proposed speed limit reductions on parts of four other Arlington County roads – Washington Boulevard, South Joyce Street, Columbia Pike and Lorcom Lane.
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