City of Sacramento Plans to Reduce Speed Limit Around Schools

SACRAMENTO -- The speed limit in school zones inside Sacramento could soon be dropping from 25 mph down to just 15.

For years, the speed limit has been posted around Sacramento schools at 25 mph when children are present.

For parents like Dayna Moore, who has a third grader and an 11th grader, seeing her kids cross a street in a school zone is nerve-racking.

“He wears earphones and headphones and he’s on his bike," Moore told FOX40. "So, I tell him, 'Try to keep one ear out, just pay attention because they’re in cars and they really could care less.' They're just really thinking about where they’re going and not the safety of other people."

In Sacramento, the number of accidents in school zones is especially bad. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the city has the most collision victims under the age of 15 out of all other cities in California.

That’s why city staff is encouraging city council to make the change to 15 mph.

“Those qualified school zones are all over the city,” said Leslie Mancebo, the transportation program analyst for the city of Sacramento Department of Public Works. “We’ve identified 115 schools, and that’s near any school entrance. So, there’s 225 sections of roadway because some schools have more than one entry points.”

The city says by reducing the speed limit by 10 mph, it increases the likelihood of a pedestrian surviving a collision by 35%.

Moore said dropping the speed limit certainly eases her mind.

“You always hear about hit-and-runs and kids getting hit on bikes. So, I think it’s a really good thing,” she said.

City council is expected to vote on that new measure Tuesday.

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