FORT MYERS, Fla.- Monday, a 25 mph city-wide speed limit kicks into gear in Fort Myers. And while the proposal has been on the table since early this year, it will likely catch many drivers by surprise. Be prepared to hit the brakes in Fort Myers, the speed limit city-wide on residential streets is now 25 miles an hour, unless otherwise marked.
Some drivers are frustrated with the change.
"If they're not going to post them, that's absolutely absurd. People aren't going to know. They're going to be going 30 miles an hour and they're going to get stopped," said Leslie Gradwell.
Others think it's a an important step to making our streets safer.
"I think it's going to add to my commute, yes, but if it will save a life, I don't mind. I just pray that I can remember," said Mamtoria Chancey.
Mayor Randy Henderson says there are several obvious exceptions to the rule, like U.S. 41.
"In areas where traffic needs to move along a little fast, these are not affected. These are strictly neighborhoods," Henderson said.
The new speed limit signs are not yet in place all over the city, so while officers will be on the look out for speeders, F.M.P.D. will go easy on motorists as they adjust to the new speed limits.
"For the first month we will issue warnings instead of tickets. We will do everything possible to educate drivers that the speed limit has changed," said Shelly Flynn of the Fort Myers Police Department.
Some of the streets that will not be slowed down to 25 miles an hour include McGregor Blvd., MLK, Veronica Shoemaker, Summerlin Road and Palm Beach Blvd.