According to the Salem patch:
“The default speed limit in Salem will drop from 30 mph to 25 next month.
The new speed limit – which is only applicable to streets without posted speed limit signs – will go into effect on April 4 after City Council voted to approve the change.
According to a statement from Mayor Kim Driscoll’s office, research has found that only 50 percent of pedestrians struck by vehicles traveling 30 mph survive, but that over 80 percent who are struck by vehicles traveling 20 mph survive. “The aggregate impact of reducing a community’s baseline speed limit is to make its streets less deadly and safer for those on foot and bicycle, as well as those behind the wheel,” said the statement.
Salem joined Beverly and Peabody in making the change after the state legislature voted last year to give municipalities more discretion for streets without posted speed limits.”
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