Miller considers countywide speed limit
By Charis Patires/Lake Sun
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 10:54 PM CDT
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MILLER COUNTY - Motorists may soon have to slow down if officials enact a lower speed limit along county roads.

Preliminary discussions to reduce the speed limit to make roads safer and give authorities the right to issue tickets to motorists driving too fast are already underway, according to Miller County Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright.

Driving 55 or 60 miles per hour down a gravel road is not against the law, but it creates a dangerous situation, Wright said. With a current speed limit on many country roads that high, Wright said many accidents and near misses have been reported due to excessive speed.

Due to a continual interest from law enforcement and residents wanting to see a decrease in the speed limit, Wright said the county expects to take action on the issue in the near future.

According to Missouri state statues, the county can set an ordinance establishing a countywide speed limit on roads in unincorporated areas. The ordinance does not stipulate how low the speed limit could be set.

Wright said they would likely designate the new speed limit at 35 or 40 miles per hour.

Feedback from residents has been split, he said. Some residents are opposed to a reduced speed limit while others say the current speed limit is too high.

Wright said he expects to hold a public hearing before acting on an ordinance, but the preliminary groundwork has yet to be done.

The issue of establishing a countywide speed limit was handled by officials in Camden County in 2001 when a blanket speed limit ordinance was passed. Motorists must drive 35 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.

In Morgan County, no countywide speed limit has been established.

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