06/23/2015 07:35 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Lower speed limits OK'd in East York

Speed limits will soon be lowered in several parts of Toronto, following a unanimous vote last night by Toronto and East York community council to lower the limit on residential streets to 30 km/h, down from 40. 

"Many of my colleagues today said what I know to be true as well, which is traffic safety in our neighbourhoods — and speed on our streets — is perhaps the No. 1 issue that we hear about on a daily or weekly basis," said Coun. Josh Matlow.

"So we acted, as representatives should, on our community's request."

Speed limits have come under scrutiny as drivers increasingly turn to side streets to avoid congestion on main roads. As a result, people living on residential streets are seeing more cars speeding past their homes.

Correction : This story originally said the change required the approval of Toronto city council. The decision by the community council is final. (Jun 23, 2015 8:18 AM)