By Makenzie O'Keefe

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver City Council voted Monday to reduce residential speed limits from 25mph to 20 mph, in a 11-1 vote. This comes as part of Denver’s Vision Zero Project, a plan created in 2016 to eliminate traffic deaths by 2030.

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Denver City Councilman Paul Kashmann first introduced this bill this Fall, after another deadly year on Denver’s roads. So far in 2021, there have been 80 traffic-related deaths on Denver streets. Kashmann said something needed to be done.

“While a few folks blow way past the posted speeds, the majority are a few miles below or above, which tells me that the existing posted speed is not comfortable for our residents,” wrote Kashmann as part of a previous CBS4 story on this bill.

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“We know that while changing posted speed limits does not change the habits of drivers who don’t care, we do know that it serves as a valuable reminder to those that do care, which I believe is the majority of Denver drivers.”

The change will apply to local and residential roads, or ones without a centerline or stripe.

Makenzie O'Keefe