Following actions by Boston and Cambridge, Newton is looking to lower the default, unposted speed limit from 30 m.p.h. to 25 m.p.h. Last night, the Public Safety and Transportation unanimously approved the measure, according to Ted Hess-Mahan’s facebook page (2017 meeting info is not yet posted to the city web site)
Cities and towns can now set speed limits, thanks to recent changes to state legislation. That’s the easy part. But will this actually change anyone’s behavior? Is there suddenly going to be speed enforcement, and can enforcement really be done on the scale that would ever make a difference?