Los Altos Reduces Speed Limit Near School Zones

Fifteen is the new 25 when it comes to driving through school zones in Los Altos.

The city has reduced speed limits from 25 to 15 miles per hour within 500 feet of all local schools, in a new effort to boost pedestrian safety.

“We have some of the highest student bodies in the area that actually walk or bike, so we want to promote that even more,” said Cedric Novenario, Transportation Services Manager for the City of Los Altos.

The City of Los Altos wants the new speed limit to also slow down commuters.

“Los Altos connects between 280 and 101 so we have a lot of pass-through commuters,” said Novenario. “This is an effort to remind them that when they’re by schools to slow down.”

A couple signs have already been installed on Almond Ave. Once all the signs are up around the city, the police department will give a 30-day grace period before officers begin handing out tickets.

That could begin as soon as March.

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