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Pedestrian safety group wants to lower speed limit in metro Atlanta

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When CBS46 brought a speed gun to Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody, we clocked a car going 40 miles per hour. At first glance, that may not seem like a high speed but metro Atlanta’s pedestrian safety advocacy group thinks otherwise.

“If cars are going to travel five, maybe ten miles per hour slower, that could be the difference between life and death,” said Ian Sansom, program manager at PEDS.

Sansom is working to reduce the speed limit in metro Atlanta.

“A lot of cities are the doing what’s called the '20 is plenty' campaign, which says that driving 20 miles per hour is plenty fast to get you from point A to point B and also ensures that everybody is going to be safe,” said Sansom.

PEDS has already started speed and crosswalk enforcements with Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs police departments, but now it’s looking to expand to larger police departments like Atlanta and DeKalb County.

“If we can get them doing regular safety enforcement operations, this can be part of a broader initiative, kind of like a vision zero like New York City has established,” said Sansom.

However, a major difference between New York City and Atlanta is the lack of pedestrians. While on Tilly Mill Road Monday, CBS46 saw little to no people walking. Sansom believes it’s because roadways aren’t walker friendly.

“If we make it safer for pedestrians, more people are going to be out walking. So it’s kind of a chicken or the egg kind of thing where we just need to make it more pleasant for people to walk,” said the program manager.

Right now, Sansom is working to bring these ideas to Georgia legislature.

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