Speed limits on Town roadways are determined on the basis of traffic engineering surveys. These surveys include an analysis of roadway conditions, accident records and a count of the prevailing speed of traffic. A safe and reasonable limit is set at or below the speed at which 85% of drivers drive.
Traffic flowing at a uniform speed results in increased safety and fewer accidents. Drivers are less impatient, pass less often and tailgate less, which reduces both head-on and rear-end collisions.
Posting the appropriate speed limit eases the job of law enforcement so most traffic chooses to abide by the speed limit posted. Patrol officers then are not subjected to defend unrealistic and arbitrary speed limits.
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2023