And it’s one of my favorite times of year because the speed limit stops being the speed limit.
Take a look at the picture to the right. The speed limit says “30”, doesn’t it?
But based on the conditions, is 30 mph safe?
I would argue it is not.
That doesn’t mean I cite people for going 29 mph. Don’t lose your mind…I can already feel some of you reaching for the keyboard to bitch and moan about fascism, revenue generation or some such other conspiracy bullshit.
Take another look at that sign. It’s hard to read, ain’t it? I took that photo this morning with my iPhone 6. The fairing of my bike is pretty clear, but the sign is less so.
If the normal speed limit is 30 mph, at what speed, given these conditions, would you start citing?
Seriously, let’s pretend you’re a cop. Or, if you’re already a cop, let’s pretend you’re a motor. If you’re already a motor, you are excused, because you are already badass and needn’t waste your time reading further (even though I know you will because you are, indeed, badass).
In the picture, the roadway bends to the right. There are dozens of homes, driveways, and side streets on either side of the road. Visibility isn’t great. The road has both lateral and vertical changes. There is a bicycle lane on both sides of the road as well as sidewalks on either side.
CVC 22350 states:
No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for the weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.
Keeping the description of the roadway and the legal statute above, does 30 mph make for a safe speed limit?
Would it make a difference if you lived on that street? It always makes me laugh when people get bent when I cite them for speeding only to ask them if they’d want someone driving the same number of miles per hour over the speed limit in front of their house.
Question: At what speed would you stop someone and give them a citation for speeding given these conditions? You can leave a comment by clicking here.