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TWO Melbourne Suburbs Have Just Lowered Their Speed Limits

Speed limits will be slashed to just 40km/h in parts of Fairfield and Alphington as Darebin council ramps up its road safety push.

Dozens of residential streets will be lowered from 50km/h to 40km/h in the southern part of Darebin this month.

Mayor Kim Le Cerf said the move would improve safety.

“A person hit by a vehicle travelling at 40km/h is four times more likely to survive than if they were hit ... at 50km/h,” she said.

The reductions do not apply to major roads like Station St or Grange Rd.

The council has begun switching signs over and ­motorists should note the changed conditions.

Darebin Council plans to increase the number of 40km/h zones to 30 per cent of all roads by 2020.

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