Port St. Lucie: Take the "We Drive 25" Pledge and Put the Brakes on Excessive Speeding
Port St. Lucie - Wednesday August 23, 2022: The City of Port St. Lucie has launched a new program aimed at putting the brakes on excessive speeding and reckless driving on residential streets.
Last year, on July 21, the PSL City Council passed Ordinance 21-64, the Areawide Speed Limit Reduction Within ordinance. It specifies certain neighborhoods where the maximum speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph. The installation of new 1,130 residential speed limit and other street signs is now complete across Port St. Lucie on city streets (excluding gated communities) lowering the neighborhood speed limits from 30 to 25 mph.
The “We Drive 25” campaign was created to help inform residents of the slower limit. Residents are being asked to take the "We Drive 25" pledge and commit to keeping PSL streets safe, as well as spreading the word about the speed limit change to their families, neighbors and friends about the need to keep neighborhoods safe.
“We made this change for the protection of our residents and neighborhoods,” said Mayor Shannon Martin. “But it all comes down to individual choices and decisions, and we all must work together for it to be successful.”
Among the ways residents can show their support is by completing the online “We Drive 25” Pledge, then picking up a free yard sign or window decal, while supplies last, at City Hall, 121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Building A, during business hours. Another way residents can show their support is by circulating messaging.
“Speed is too often a factor in preventable crashes where Port St. Lucie residents, particularly seniors and children, are killed or injured,” said Police Chief John Bolduc. “When drivers are going 25 mph, drivers and pedestrians have more time to see each other and react. This small 5-mph decrease in speed means many crashes can be avoided altogether. If a crash happens, it’s less likely to cause serious injury or death.”
The campaign includes educational tools to help remind motorists to drive 25. A downloadable social media toolkit, printable brochures, and tips on how to prevent speeding are also available on the City’s website at: www.CityofPSL.com/Speeding.