Boston City Councilors Push For Another Speed Limit Reduction

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- There's a new push to lower the default speed limit in Boston--again.

It's been over a year since the city reduced its speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, and now, Boston city councilors Ed Flynn and Frank Baker want to reduce it again in the wake of recent pedestrian strikes.

Flynn supports lowering the speed limit to 20 miles per hour, saying last year's reduction helped but didn't go far enough.

"I think 25 miles per hour is too fast," he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz. "People are driving throughout many streets and neighborhoods of Boston too fast."

This push comes in the wake of some recent crashes, including one in South Boston which killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his 4-year-old sister. Flynn's pushing for a public hearing on the issue after the child's death, which occurred in his district.

"We lost Colin McGrath, a young boy, on L Street, and we also had an accident several blocks away on Farragut Road and West Broadway," he said. "Baby and a mother were hit, thank God they were safe."

But, Flynn says, lowering the speed limit is just one way to keep the roads and sidewalks safe.

"Having a slower speed limit will be critical, but also traffic calming measures such as speed humps, raised crosswalks, and greater enforcement by the police as well," he said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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