How are speed limits determined between 25 and 55 mph?
Speed limits are established on a basis of traffic engineering surveys. These surveys include an analysis of roadway conditions, accident records, a sampling of the prevailing speed of traffic, amount of side traffic access, and traffic volumes.

Generally speaking, a safe and reasonable limit is set at or below the speed at which 85% of the drivers drive. Posting an appropriate speed limit simplifies the job of enforcement officers, since most of the traffic is voluntarily moving at the posted speed. Blatant speeders are easily spotted, safe drivers are not penalized, and patrol officers aren't expected to enforce unrealistic and arbitrary speed limits.

Show All Answers

1. How do I report a pothole in the street, or a cracked or uneven sidewalk?
2. Can I put up my own sign in the City's right-of-way?
3. How are speed limits determined between 25 and 55 mph?
4. How can I get a speed limit sign placed on my street to slow traffic?
5. What is the purpose of a stop sign?
6. Will a stop sign reduce speeding in my neighborhood?
7. Will increasing the use of stop signs in my neighborhood better control traffic?
8. How can I get a stop sign on my street?
9. What are the uses for multi-way and two-way stop signs?
10. I would like to put up Neighborhood Watch signs, how do I do that?
11. Why are traffic signals needed?
12. How are signals timed?
13. Are there any disadvantages to traffic signals?