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Fake speed limit sign taken down
Dear Street Smarts, Q: On the corner of Cardiff and Iowa, there are two speed limit signs 17 feet apart with two different speed limits. One is black and white and is attached to a "No Parking" sign and prominently displays a 10 mph speed limit while the other is yellow and black. It rests below a yellow and black "Bump" sign. How much did this cost the taxpayer? Gale Olson, via email A: The black and white sign appears to be a paper sign, said a public works official, and was promptly removed. Feeling the need to speed One in five people admitted that they feel the need to speed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's report, "National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior." Speed-related traffic collisions claim the lives of nearly 10,000 people annually. The report was performed in an attempt to gauge Americans attitudes toward speeding in the U.S. The survey also found that four of five drivers believe that driving at or near the speed limit helps avoid dangerous situations and reduces the chances of a crash. Interestingly enough, 91 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that "everyone should obey the speed limits because it's the law" and nearly half, 48 percent, said reducing speeding was important to them. What say you, Street Smarts readers? Are you a lead foot? What are your thoughts driving at, near or over the posted speed limit? Your responses may appear in a future column or during my conversation with Bruce Bratton on his Universal Grapevine radio show, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 on KZSC 88.1 FM. The show is broadcast live online at http://www.kzsc.org/. We’ll talk about all things traffic and Street Smarts related, including how I came to write this traffic column and traffic laws road users still don’t understand. Discussing pedestrian and bicycle safety The Community Traffic Safety Coalition will host CHP officer Brad Sadek during its meeting 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Sadek, the agency's spokesperson, will discuss bicycle and pedestrian safety and field questions. The coalition is made up of various transportation-minded entities and individuals, including officials from the county's various public works, police, health, transportation planning officials, as well as community groups and members of the public. It's goal is to improve safety on the county's roads and find ways for all road users to coexist. The meeting will be in the Solarium in building F, 1060 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz.