Artificially or arbitrarily lowering the speed limit on a designated street could result in a “solution” that is worse than the problem. For instance, if the city lowered the speed limit on Palomar Airport Road from 55 to 45 or 50 mph, the city would be going against the results of the engineering and traffic survey that established and supports the realistic speed limit as 55 mph. The city would thus create an illegal speed zone and could not use radar to enforce the limit. A police officer would have to resort to the time-consuming, cumbersome method of pacing to “catch” someone traveling at a speed excessively over the speed limit, say 65-70 mph. Ironically, lowering a speed limit below what is reasonable, prudent and safe on a street could have the unintended outcome of allowing reckless motorists to drive even faster, instead of slower, on that street!
Caution and prudence must always be exercised to help ensure safety for all: motorists, passengers, pedestrians and others on the road. Traffic conditions always dictate that drivers comply with the Basic Speed Law, which says driving speeds should be safe and reasonable for the current road condition.