Friday, October 06, 2006
That Didn't Take Long
I haven't been heading out of town to the north very much because of the construction on Madison Street. Some time between last Wednesday when I went out that way and this Tuesday when I got back from our little getaway the new speed limit signs went up.
The rationale for the 45 mph zone was to slow traffic on the hill and to make it safer for turning vehicles along that stretch. There has been a problem with some drivers ignoring the 35 mph limit at the bottom of the hill and passing inappropriately before the top of the hill or passing turning cars on the right going up the hill.
The letter in the Review which asked for the reduced limit to the top of the hill said that a new, lower limit woiuld make the hill safer and traffic flow smoother.
Yesterday was the first time that I went to work that way. I made the mistake of obeying the limit. The young woman in the SUV didn't even put down her phone while she passed me as soon as the solid yellow line started. She didn't look overly concerned about the school bus coming over the hill in the lane she was using.
If the new speed zone is going to work the DOT needs to put some signage or flags up to call attention to it. Then the County and the City need to set up some concentrated enforcement to send the message home to the Earnhardt wannabes headed for the big city. There is nothing like a ticket-blizzard to make a message clear.