In case you missed it, Boston has a new speed limit! The default speed limit on streets within Boston was reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph, effective Jan. 9th. Here’s what you need to know about Boston’s new speed limit for 2017.
Why Were Boston Speed Limits Reduced
In any city, there are many dangers on the roads. Boston city streets are shared by cars, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians. Naturally, a certain number of accidents and fatalities occur every year. In fact, there are already a dozen pedestrian deaths so far this year, and we’re not even through the end of January yet. The speed of vehicles is often tied to accident rates. Mayor Marty Walsh pushed for a reduced speed limit in an effort to reduce traffic related deaths in the city. Visit boston.gov to read about what Mayor Walsh had to say about Boston’s new speed limit.
Where Boston’s New Speed Limit Applies
The reduced speed applies to the default speed limit in the city of Boston. These are for roads where no other speed limit is specifically posted. It is important for MA drivers to be aware of this change. Speeding is considered a moving violation and tickets will result in higher auto insurance premiums. A 5 mph change can make a difference in whether you receive a ticket and the cost, both short and long term, for that mistake can amount to a lot more than you realize. Help keep everyone safe by heeding Boston’s new speed limit the next time you drive in the city!