Hit the brakes: Edmonton's 40 km/h default speed limit starts Aug. 6

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Drivers in Edmonton have until Aug. 6 to adjust to the city’s new 40 km/h speed limit on most residential and downtown roads.

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“The 40 km/h speed limit is critical to achieving Edmonton’s goal of Vision Zero – to eliminate serious injuries and fatalities on our streets by 2032; 40 km/h increases drivers’ field of vision, gives everyone more time to react and reduces the likelihood of tragic crashes,” said  Jessica Lamarre, the city’s director of safe mobility, in a Friday news release. “Thank you for being a part of this change.”

A driver education campaign in advance of the drop from 50 km/h has been launched, and police are on board.

“While speeding and careless driving are traditionally the top neighbourhood complaints we hear about, the nice weather and easing of pandemic restrictions will likely result in more foot traffic to the downtown core. The 40 km/h speed limit change to these residential and heavy pedestrian areas of the city will make our streets safer for everyone,” said Insp. Keith Johnson with the traffic services branch.

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