Councilwoman Larson Introduces Ordinance to Lower Speed Limit on Part of Forest Hill Avenue

Councilwoman Larson Introduces Ordinance to Lower Speed Limit on Part of Forest Hill Avenue

Forest Hill Avenue between West Roanoke Street and Prince George Road would drop from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour.

The speed limit would drop by five on the stretch of road marked in red.

There is no question that speeding is an issue along Forest Hill Avenue and side streets as well.

Councilwoman Kristen Larson has introduced Ordinance 2019-040.

To reduce the speed limit on Forest Hill Avenue between its intersection with West Roanoke Street and its intersection with Prince George Road from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour.

The question in my mind is whether without enforcement is the change more cosmetic than effective? The speed limit around the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard is 25 miles per hour and that is routinely ignored by nearly every car. Admittedly my methodology is based on driving the speed limit and watching cars consistently pass me, unscientific I realize. That being said, there is no real downside to changing the speed limit and I genuinely hope it achieves its goal of lowering overall speed.

I’m steadfast in my belief that if all the local residents religiously followed the speed limits we would greatly reduce speeding and those constantly in a hurry would find other routes.

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