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Eugene City Council considers speed limit reduction

The Eugene City Council is considering reducing the speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph on most neighborhood residential streets.

Posted: Jun 13, 2020 7:41 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2020 10:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residential streets around the city of Eugene have a 25 mph speed limit. However, drivers might have to pump the brakes and slow it down to 20 mph in the near future.

The Eugene City Council is considering reducing the speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph on most neighborhood residential streets.

“It seems extremely reasonable just for safety reasons,” Eugene resident Tim Durham said.

Public safety is the main goal. The council feels knocking 5 mph off the speed limit will help prevent accidents, eliminate serious traffic injuries and display safer travel conditions for all drivers. Some people, however, don’t feel it’s necessary.

“I don’t know how much of a difference five mph would make. I think around school zones that would be fine to be extra careful around kids,” Eugene resident Alexann Watson said. “But again I don’t know how much of a difference five mph will make, especially when people go over the speed limit any way.”

Studies show that a person who is struck by a driver going 25 mph is twice as likely to die in a crash than someone going 20 mph.

Marvin Kasow, who’s lived in Eugene for 18 years, has noticed a speeding problem in the area.

“Everyday that I’m in my car I hear horns all the time. Sometimes they blow at me and I’m not doing anything wrong,” said Kasow. “I usually notice when they blow their horns they are violating the speed limits.”

“I can’t lie, I speed a little bit,” Eugene resident Logan Poole said. “The new limit might help me, especially down here with all the people around and everything. There will be less people flying through.”

Residents who feel the speed reduction is a good idea want drivers to be more safe on the roads. 

“I’m in no hurry to go anywhere. And if you are, just leave a little earlier,” said Durham.

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