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File #: 18-0286    Version: 0 Name: Transit and Traffic - Speed Limits
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 9/17/2018 In control: Transportation Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Transit and Traffic - Speed Limits For the purpose of establishing the general maximum speed limit for various types of roadways in the City; creating a process for altering the general maximum speed limits for specific roadways; and generally relating to maximum speed limits.
Sponsors: Ryan Dorsey, Mary Pat Clarke, Bill Henry, Sharon Green Middleton, Brandon M. Scott, Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Shannon Sneed, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Speed Limits, Traffic, Transit
Attachments: 1. 18-0286~1st Reader
Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill

Introduced by: Councilmember Dorsey

A Bill Entitled

An Ordinance concerning
title
Transit and Traffic - Speed Limits
For the purpose of establishing the general maximum speed limit for various types of roadways in the City; creating a process for altering the general maximum speed limits for specific roadways; and generally relating to maximum speed limits.
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By adding
Article 31 - Transit and Traffic
Section(s) 16-65 and 16-66, to be under the new designation
“Part 11. Speed limits”.
Baltimore City Code
(Edition 2000)

Whereas, a 2014 report by the Maryland Highway Safety Office shows that Baltimore City’s crash rate is 370% the rate of the rest of Maryland;

Whereas, a 2018 Allstate Insurance report on driver behavior established that Baltimore ranks 200 out of 200 for Worst Drivers in the U.S., dropping in ranking from 199 in 2017;

Whereas, conditions such as these are understood to be determinants of Baltimore’s comparatively high auto insurance rates, relative to rates for drivers throughout the rest of Maryland;

Whereas, a pedestrian’s likelihood of surviving being struck by a vehicle dramatically decreases the faster the vehicle is traveling, with critical differences between 20, 30, and 40 m.p.h. travel speeds, and enforcement not typically occurring except where vehicles are traveling more than 10 m.p.h. above a posted speed limit;

Whereas, a recent study by the Insurance Institute fo...

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