What happens when towns roughly the size of Delano and Ridgecrest want
or need to change their speed limits?
The Napa City Council is expected to approve new signage on five streets
to alert drivers that the speed limits are different from the presumed
limits under the Vehicle Code. Most of these streets are actually two-lane
highways that go through semi-residential areas, which means the prima
facie speed limit is 55mph. City fathers initially set the speed limits
at 25mph, but a recent engineering study showed that the
85th percentile, which is the average speed of 85 percent of the traffic on that road,
is 32mph. So, to comply with the Vehicle Code, the speed limits will be 30mph.
The City Council hopes that the new signs will alleviate motorist confusion
about the proper speed limits on these streets.
Setting the Speed Limit
VC 22354 establishes the presumed speed limits for certain types of roads, from
alleys to superhighways. However, especially in smaller towns, housing
development projects often spring up along two-lane roads that have presumed
55mph speed limits, and the residents understandably do not want cars
zooming past their front doors at freeway speeds.
So, the city can change the speed limit, but only if there is a current
engineering study that supports the change. Earlier this year, prosecutors
in San Diego had to
throw out some speeding tickets because there were no current engineering studies on file, and the prosecutor
could not establish that the motorists were legally speeding.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-349-9755.
If the speed limit in Delano conflicts with the one set by law, the city
must have an engineering study on file. To fight your speeding ticket, call us.