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Atherton creates new speed trap on Alameda to raise revenues

Original post made by Bob, Atherton: other, on Jun 5, 2010

Our fair city recently decreased the speed limit on the Alameda from 35mph to 3omph. And the signs say radar enforced.It surely can't be for safety reasons. I am curious as whether or not the city did an official traffic survey and followed the results of the survey.

When using radar the posted speed limit must be in accordance with the speed limit indicated by the survey. In other words, if the survey recommends a speed limit of 40 MPH, and the local jurisdiction posts "30 MPH" signs, any ticket written should be thrown out of court, irrespective of the transgressor's speed, since the police would be enforcing a speed limit not legally set. Unless extenuating safety circumstances such as an excess of accidents indicate a lower speed is needed.

Additionally, the appropriate standard for determining the proper speed limit is based on the 85th percentile of the surveyed speeds. the survey must set forth ANY justification for reduction of the recommended speed from the 85th percentile of the survey data.

I find it hard to believe the the 85th percentile on the Atherton stretch of the Alameda is 30mps - unless they did the north and southbound surveys during the morning rush hour southbound and the afternoon rush hour northbound. During which time the traffic within 200 ft of Atherton Ave moves at 5mph.

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on Jun 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

Atherton cops breaking the law? All in a day's work. You have to admit, since the Buckheit matter, they're now doing it for rational reasons instead of just trying to act like gorillas, but no speeding ticket revenue from Alameda is going to make up the $5M budget shortfall for the police department WE CAN'T AFFORD. I know, it's bitter medicine for some, but DO THE MATH. Let's contract out with the Sheriff or Redwood City or Menlo Park. Carpenter's recent post details the hard, cold numbers. These are the facts, and they need to get dealt with sooner, or later. The later they get dealt with, the more expensive the cleanup will be.

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