If approved, every neighborhood in Nashville will have a new speed limit of 25 mph instead of 30.

One Metro Council member said her neighborhood made the change and it’s paid off.

“If you sit on your front porch and have someone drive by at 30 miles per hour, you’re surprised at how fast that actually is," Metro Councilmember Burkley Allen said.

Metro Police and Public Works launched a pilot program in neighborhoods in Cleveland Park, Belmont and Una-Antioch to get cars to slow down.

“After six months public works gathered data and determined that it does slow drivers down and makes for a safer atmosphere," Allen said.

Now there is a push to expand the program to all Nashville neighborhoods.

“If someone’s in an accident going 40 miles per hour, 9-out-of-10 times they won’t make it. If they’re going 20 miles per hour, 9-out-of-10 times they will make it," Allen said.

So what’s up with all of the black cords across streets? They measure speed and volume to see which neighborhoods need help the most.

Metro Public Works said these will be popping up more throughout the next few months as their study continues. This will only affect speeds in residential neighborhoods.

“For the little streets where folks are out in their yards, this will make a big difference," Allen said.

The bill still has two more readings in Metro Council. If it’s passed, Public Works will start going around neighborhoods in Nashville putting up more signs and speed humps to try and slow down drivers.

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Lindsey Nance joined the News4 team in June 2018. She currently covers the education beat for News4.

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