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Statement from Councilwoman Thelda Williams: Citywide Lowering of Speed Limits is Bad PolicyStatement from Councilwoman Thelda Williams: Citywide Lowering of Speed Limits is Bad Policy<div class="ExternalClassD3E3E0504B3A465C8820B95E45B8868E"><p>“At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, the Phoenix City Council may vote on a major policy plan, Vision Zero, which aims to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities to zero.  While I strongly support finding ways to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, I do not support a policy with a citywide blanket lowering of speed limits.<br></p><p>Arbitrarily lowering speed limits seems like an easy way to address traffic injuries and fatalities, but it's not the smartest way.  Some cities that have adopted the plan haven't seen a significant decrease in roadway injuries and fatalities.</p><p>Lowering the speed limit, citywide, without data-driven strategies will increase congestion, may contribute to road rage, decrease air quality and dump resources into areas where the data does not support the need.  </p><p>I believe that to achieve the goal of dramatically lowering or eliminating pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities, our efforts should be focused on data; enforcement, such as ticketing speeders and jaywalkers; increasing public education and using resources effectively. No matter how much a vehicle is slowed, factors such as impairment, distracted driving, and distracted pedestrians are critical to everyone's safety. </p><p>We need a real solution, using real data, understanding how to look at the problem and targeting our limited resources to address the issue. Your feedback is important, please contact your <a href="/mayorcouncil">councilmember</a> and let them know that this plan is a bad policy."​<br></p><p><br></p></div>4/22/2019 9:05:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405