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Boonsboro gets speed limit change

March 24, 2000|By BRUCE HAMILTON

BOONSBORO - Speed limits through town have been raised this week to smooth the transition between zones and make enforcement easier for police.

The State Highway Administration, in cooperation with the mayor, town council and law enforcement agencies, officially increased the limit on Main Street from 25 mph to 30 mph within the town boundaries.

A transition speed limit on the west end of Boonsboro along U.S. 40 Alternate has been lowered from 45 mph to 40 mph. That reduction will be identified with orange panels above the speed limit signs.

Research shows the posted speed limit has little effect on the speeds at which most motorists drive, according to the SHA.

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Raising the limit does not significantly increase speeds and lowering the limit does not decrease them, the SHA said in a press release.

"The speed limit changes in Boonsboro will more closely reflect current travel speeds and create more uniform speed zones that will be easier to enforce," the release said.

"According to state police, 25 is not enforceable," said Town Administrator Eldon "Jake" Jones.

SHA installed a speed monitoring board at the west end of Main Street Thursday, according to a traffic engineer. "As your car approaches, it will show the speed limit and what speed you are traveling," said Jones.

"It's going to be a big change."

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