City of Atlanta reduces speed limit to 25 mph

ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta voted Monday to lower the default speed limit to 25 miles per hour within the city limits.

The default speed limit applies to any road without another speed limit expressly posted.

The change was part of an initiative called Vision Zero Atlanta, which focuses on eliminating traffic deaths and reducing crashes and serious injuries.

"Speed contributed to 52 percent of the 73 traffic fatalities recorded in 2019," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press release. "Lowering the speed limit on Atlanta’s streets will improve safety of all travelers, including children, the elderly, minorities and low-income persons, pedestrians, cyclists, and those using scooters and other mobility devices."

The Vision Zero Strategic Transportation Plan also will create a task force to work to make roads safer.