As you drive into Chicopee, a new sign reminds you that the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
After speaking with the Chicopee Department of Public Works, 22News found out that there are concerns about speeding in residential areas but the new signs are meant as a friendly reminder for those entering the city.
If speed limit signs aren’t posted, drivers, who aren’t familiar with the area, may have no idea what the speed limit is. That’s why the City of Chicopee added a new sign on James Street telling drivers that the speed limit in Chicopee is 25 miles per hour.
Early last year, the city adopted a MassDOT general law, which sets a 25 mph speed limit on roads within thickly settled or business districts.
Elizabeth Botelho, Acting Superintendent of Chicopee DPW, told 22News, “The reason it was posted on James Street is not necessarily applying the speed limit to James Street. It’s more letting people know because James Street is an entrance to the city this is the speed limit that applies to un-posted areas.”
Be sure to keep an eye out on the road for digital signs that use radar to let you know how fast you’re going. These signs are effective at getting speeders to slow down. The fine for speeding in Chicopee is $105. But after 10 miles an hour, it’s $10 for every mile an hour.