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Speed sign location raises questions

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

Why would the city erect a speed-limit sign on a road only about 100 yards long?

That's what Derrick Evans wanted to know after he recently drove on Palmetto Drive Southeast and saw a 30 mph sign at the midpoint.

Seems like a valid question considering typical motorists would fail to get the speedometer to 30 before they had to start applying the brakes for a stop sign.

Lt. Mike Woods, head of the police Traffic Division, said the sign he ordered installed last month is meant to indicate the speed limit for the neighborhood near Eastwood Elementary School, not just cars on Palmetto.

Though Palmetto is a short street, Woods said, it serves as an entry point from Stratford Road, where the speed limit is faster, so the sign gives drivers an early warning of the speed change.

The sign, one of four recently added to the neighborhood, was in response to residents' complaints about speeding, he said. The signs cost about $30 each, which includes the metal pole.

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