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NO. 32. AN ACT RELATING TO LOCAL SPEED LIMITS.

(S.56)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 23 V.S.A. § 1007(a) and (b) are amended to read:

(a) *[Whenever the]* The legislative body of a municipality *[determines]* may establish, on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation, *[that a]* *[maximum]* a speed *[permitted under this chapter is greater or less than is reasonable and safe under conditions found to exist upon]* limit on all or a part of any city, town or village *[street or]* highway within its jurisdiction, *[it may determine and declare a reasonable and safe maximum limit any provision of any municipal charter or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding]* which:

(1) *[increases the limit, but not to]* is not more than *[fifty]* 50 miles per hour; however, after considering neighborhood character, abutting land use, bicycle and pedestrian use, and physical characteristics of the highways, the legislative body of a municipality may vote to set the maximum speed limit, without an engineering and traffic investigation, at not more than 50 miles per hour nor less than 35 miles per hour, on all or a portion of unpaved town highways within its boundaries, unless otherwise posted in accordance with the provisions of this section; or

(2) *[decreases the limit, but not to]* is not less than *[twenty-five]* 25 miles per hour.

If the legislative body of a municipality votes to set the speed limit on all unpaved town highways in its boundaries at no more than 50 miles per hour nor less than 35 miles per hour as provided for in subdivision (a)(1) of this section, signs shall be located at points of change from one speed limit to another.

(b) *[Whenever the]* The legislative body of a city *[determines]* may establish, on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation, *[that a maximum]* a speed *[permitted under this chapter is greater or less than is reasonable and safe under conditions found to exist upon]* limit on all or a part of any state highway, other than a limited access highway, within its jurisdiction, *[it may determine and declare a reasonable and safe maximum limit any provision of any municipal charter or ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding]* which:

(1) *[increases the limit, but not to]* is not more than *[fifty]* 50 miles per hour; or

(2) *[decreases the limit, but not to]* is not less than *[twenty-five]* 25 miles per hour.

Approved: May 19, 1999