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Smithsburg chief wants lower speed limits

August 04, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg Police Chief George L. Knight Jr. has decided to push for a lower speed limit in Smithsburg's "core" town area after hearing concerns from residents about speeding in the area.

The speed limit in the core area is currently 30 mph, but Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers said after Tuesday's regular Smithsburg Town Council meeting that town police officers usually don't issue speeding tickets until motorists reach a few miles over the speed limit.

Then motorists start abusing that leeway, Myers said.

"Traffic is definitely becoming an issue," Knight told Myers and council members during the meeting.

Knight said he wants to reduce the speed limit in the town's core area to 25 mph. Knight added that the change will not be that expensive because it would only involve replacement of about 10 traffic signs.

Although they did not vote on the issue, all the council members said they supported the idea.

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With the support, council members said Knight can contact county and state officials to determine if they have any concerns about the speed limit reduction. Then the proposal can be brought back to the council for a vote at the next council meeting, Myers said.

Knight asked council members and Myers if the speed limit on Water Street is mandated by the state. Part of Water Street in town is a state route, Myers said.

Myers said she believes the town would be able to control the speed limit on Water Street since the town has been maintaining the road.

Myers said she has been looking at speed limits in other areas and noticed that in Funkstown, for example, the speed limit is 25 mph.

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