Subdivision's 17 mph speed limit marks life in slow lane
By Adam Kealoha Causey
Sunday, Mar. 19 2006


Road signs in Heritage of Hawk Ridge make some drivers in the subdivision do a
double take, and that's just what developers wanted.

The posted speed limit in the retirement development is 17 mph.

"It's an attention getter," said David Price of Whittaker Homes, the St. Peters
development company that runs the subdivision. Price said he has received no
complaints about the speed limit from the nearly 150 residents of the
subdivision, which is set up around a nine-hole golf course.

Hawk Ridge is geared toward a slow-paced lifestyle for its mostly 55-and-older
residents, Price said, and the odd speed limit is just one facet.

Hawk Ridge resident Nancy Withey, 54, spoke of the golf cart-like speed like it
was 25 mph, the usual speed limit for a residential area. She said leaving
behind Webster Groves for the gated community of Hawk Ridge was one of the best
decisions she and her husband, Ray, 60, have made.

"It's that kind of a close-knit community feeling," Withey said, adding that
she likes being able to hear coyotes howl at night and see wild turkey and deer
walk through her yard. Hawk Ridge roads also have "wildlife crossing" signs.

Michael Force, Lake Saint Louis police chief, said that Hawk Ridge's road signs
are not city-issued and that 17 mph is not an official speed limit, so his
officers cannot enforce it. The city's official speed limit is 25 mph unless
otherwise posted, so police can only stop drivers going faster than that, Force