(a) Notwithstanding section 18 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the city council, the transportation
commissioner of the city of Boston, the board of selectmen, park commissioners, a
traffic commission or traffic director of a city or town that accepts this section
in the manner provided in section 4 of chapter 4 may, in the interests of public safety and without further authority, establish designated
safety zones on, at or near any way in the city or town which is not a state highway,
and with the approval of the department if the same is a state highway. Such safety zones shall be posted as having a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.
(b) The operation of a motor vehicle in such zone at a speed exceeding the speed limit
established under this section shall be a violation of section 17.
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