Atlanta City Council in 2020 OK’d a 25 mph default speed limit in the city as part of the initiative. The city began work to replace nearly 1,000 speed limit signs on more than 300 streets last year. Rowan said 50% of that work is completed.
During the tour, Dickens signed a #Drive25 pledge created by the department to encourage residents to obey the new speed limit. Afterward, Rowan told the media the city is looking into ways to use technology for traffic enforcement instead of solely relying on the Atlanta Police Department.
“Drive 25 [mph] from City Hall to Lenox Mall on Peachtree and you’ll get there at the exact same time as the person who’s speeding because our lights are essentially synced for 20 to 25 miles an hour,” Rowan said.
“We have a lot of red light racers. You’re wasting gas, you’re wasting your brakes, and you’re stressing yourself out for no good reason. 25 will do just fine.”