Lower speed limit aims to keep students safe

New speed-limit signs are up on Franklin Boulevard and the side streets that border Bret Harte Elementary School and the private Franklin Park School.

The new speed limit is 15 mph when children are present. The change was authorized by the City Council on June 4. Councilmembers voted to lower the limit after several months of traffic analysis.

Bret Harte and Franklin Park are among the first schools to get the new signage. Installation of 368 new signs near schools throughout the city is expected to take up to nine months, according to the city’s press release.

The lowered speed limit is part of the city’s Vision Zero program. In 2016, Sacramento had the highest traffic-related fatalities of any city in the state, according to collision rankings compiled by the state Office of Traffic Safety. That report cited high speeds as the leading cause of traffic-related injuries and fatalities. It found Sacramento had the most speed-related traffic fatalities and the most collisions in which a pedestrian under the age of 15 was killed or severely injured.

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