- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Asheville have reduced the speed limit on about a dozen roads and are thinking of setting a city-wide speed limit of 25 mph.

Multiple media outlets reported that Asheville City Council voted Tuesday to reduce the speed limit.

Council members also asked that municipal staff study lowering the citywide speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph. That would not mean all roads would have a 25 mph speed limit, but anywhere no sign was posted, the speed limit would be 25 mph.

Speed limits in Asheville now range from 10 mph to 60 mph.

City officials hope the lower speed limit will reduce the number of pedestrians hit by vehicles. The Asheville area led the state in per capita pedestrian deaths from 2008 to 2012.

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