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Facts indicate otherwise. Research conducted throughout the country over several decades has shown that drivers are influenced by the type of street and current traffic conditions, and not the posted speed limit.When a speed limit sign is not posted, the City of Springfield basic speed law still applies. A person may assume the speed limit is 25 mph, but drive at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions. In every event, speed must be so controlled as to avoid colliding with any object, person, or vehicle on the highway. It is the duty of ALL persons to exercise reasonable care for the protection of others.
Under Springfield law, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Speed Limits higher than 25 mph are established on the basis of traffic engineering studies. These studies include roadway conditions, accident records and the prevailing speed of prudent drivers. If an unreasonably low speed is posted, most drivers will ignore the signs, while a few may try to stay within the posted speed limit. This causes real safety concerns because of the difference between faster and slower drivers.Some lower speed limits have been established in certain districts throughout Springfield.
Lowering Speed Limits unnecessarily can have two adverse effects. They make violators out of reasonable and otherwise law abiding citizens.But most importantly, police enforcement is diminished, which plays a vital role in controlling speed. Unrealistic speed limits create a difficult situation for the police and the community, and citations are not upheld in court.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices suggests that signals should not be installed under the premise of reducing collisions, unless five or more right-angle type occur per year. Studies indicate that an increase in total collisions should be expected at intersections having fewer than five right angle collisions per year prior to signalization.The purpose of signals is to improve overall traffic flow. Signals can be helpful in reducing right-angle collisions under certain circumstances, but almost always result in an increase in other types of collisions such as rear-end and left turn collisions. As well, signals can also give pedestrians a false sense of security.
Learn more by visiting Traffic Signals and Management.
The City no longer installs "Children at Play" signs. Studies have found that these warning signs are not effective in reducing the number of speeding motorists. Further, there are issues associated with those signs:
1. Potential attraction of child predators
2. The signs may insinuate that it’s okay for children to play in the street. But the street is not a safe place to play.
3. If some streets had "Children at Play" signs and other street did not - does that mean there are no kids living on the streets without signs?
4. "Children at Play" signs may give children and parents a false sense of security.
Learn more about neighborhood traffic safety concerns.
Stops signs can only be installed where traffic patterns and volume require it, but never to slow traffic - for good reasons. Learn what the national standards for stops signs are here.