City council to consider lowering downtown Albuquerque speed limit

Albuquerque city councilors are considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit downtown.

“A pedestrian who is hit by a car going 20 miles-per-hour has a 90 percent chance of survival…same pedestrian, if it’s hit by a car going 30 miles-per-hour, has a 50 percent chance of survival,” said Albuquerque City Councilor Issac Benton.

Councilor Isaac Benton is pushing a “Downtown Safety Zone.” It would drop the speed limit to 20 mph between Eighth Street and the railroad tracks, and Coal to just south of Lomas.

Right now that area has speed limits of 25 to 30 mph.