questionsare speed limits obeyed on the street where you…

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My last count was 26.5 % so I will say yes.

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Since I live in the United States, no.

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We have the opposite problem here. Almost everyone parks on the street and with only about 20 feet of space between them all the local SUV and monster pickup drivers slow to a crawl because they seem to think their vehicles are 19 feet wide.

But at least it's safe, as long as I always yield right of way to the folks blowing through stop signs.

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That depends on how you define "obey".

I usually drive about 5 over (not in construction or housing areas) and see most around here do the same except for the usual clown that ends up on the evening news wrapped around a pole somewhere. Yellow/red lights are our problem. I've gotten to a point that I'll look to see how close the person behind me is before stopping for a changing light. I have traveled through a yellow that turned red while I was in the intersection, only to have 5 more people follow me through.

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I live on a Farm to Market road. Basically, a back road but very well maintained. Some twisty bits, and some nice straights. It's really fun to drive. The speed limit is 55, and is generally obeyed. The occasional guy on a crotch rocket blazes by at 100, but that's about it.

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The speed limit of 25 (or is it 30? It's not posted.) is pretty much obeyed on my street. But then, I live on a VERY short 1 block dead-end street. The only errant speeders have been the occasional teen residents. They, too slowed down. Hardly worth it for a short block.

Cross street & other streets in my area - not much speeding. Closely watched. Families w/small children (3 to 5 yo) moved in & decided that the streets were a perfect place for their children to play. ??? That did not last long. Fortunately, no accidents. Oh, and stop signs were added in odd places...like 3 way stops. Brick streets are a deterrent, too. Does nasty things to your suspension.

And stay off my lawn!!! ;-)

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The cross-street next to our house has a buttload of Speed Racers trying to break the sound barrier or something. It's long and straight with a slight incline, so when you're in an automatic you end up coasting way above the limit. It's all residential, with a public park and a school at the bottom of the road (on opposite sides of the street, so kids actually cross this road to get to the park). Most people speed 10-15 over at all hours of the day because of the decline, with people channeling Racer-X late at night.

@lparsons42: You can start a petition with your neighbors and take it to the city council to install speed humps in the road--not the vicious yellow concrete bumps, but the larger asphalt things in the road that force people to slow to at least 30 so they don't skip off the top and flip the car over. I'm actually surprised that the Sheriff's office (I assumed from your description) isn't interested in making some extra money from the speeders/reckless drivers.

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The way you described your situation, it sounds like the 20 MPH is the suggested speed for those curves (yellow sign). I drive the speed limit, but I also grew up in the country and learned to drive on a very curvy road, so I can generally safely take curves faster than those suggested speeds. If the actual speed limit on the road is 20 MPH (white sign), then I would try to ask the police to patrol that road more and lobby my neighbors to do the same. If the 20 is just the suggested speed, then I don't think there's much you can do except to try to get the actual speed limit lowered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advisory_speed_limit

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Nope. People here will zip through school zones, and generally go over the speed limit. This includes the cops, so you can't blame people for not obeying what the cops don't obey.

There are, of course, those who do. And, those who seem to drive 5 under the limit. But, I'd say most do not obey the limits.

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I'll let you know the first time I drive a road in my city that doesn't treat the speed limit like the speed minimum. If I go 35 in a 35 (my drive a few blocks to work every day), people pass me left and right - it's treated as if the actual limit was 45, withs ome people hitting 50.

The only difference I ever note is highways that pass through small towns. If you don't stay on top of that, you're busted.

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@chronosquall14: Highways through small towns are an interesting case, for sure. When my wife and I were dating we were on vacation and I was pulled over twice on the same road by the same cop as the limits went up, down, up, down, up. The first time he claimed I was going too fast, which was probably true. He then followed me as I continued on the same road and proceeded to pull me over for not going fast enough as the limit went up (no posted minimum on that road...).

Oddly enough he did not write a ticket either time. Maybe he was just bored? Or just checking out my then-girlfriend (now: wife) on the nice warm summer day?

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H* no. Problem is, there's a fire station at the end of our street and we're a designated emergency route -- so there can never be speed bumps, diversions, or other mitigations.

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No, they don't. It's not so much a big deal to me (we're empty-nesters so no kids playing on the street), but even though our road ends in a cul-de-sac they speed up and down.

It got bad enough that the neighborhood petitioned for and got two speed bumps on other roads in the development - bad enough that you've gotta go over them at 5 MPH or less unless you want to destroy your shocks. Still, all that did was slow them down in that area, leaving them to speed elsewhere. :)

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Um, no. They're more like speed 'suggestions' around where I live. Most don't follow them.

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I live on a suburban 25MPH road in between two stop signs & about 1,000FT from a school. Almost everybody who lives on my street has children from newborns to teens. Most people obey the speed the limits, its kind of hard to get up to speed in front of my house unless you floor it. During the summer months if some backwards hat bro in a Siebring convertbile speeds by; the folks in the neighborhood will use a little street justice to make sure that he obeys the speed limit signs next time around.

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Very few obey the speed limit in our devlopment. And most of those who disregard it (mostly min-vans and SUVs) are the ones who would be the first to complain if anyone ELSE was speeding.

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People use my 2-block long street to avoid lights on their way to/from a nearby highway. The posted limit is 25, if anybody does less than 40 I'll eat my left shoe.

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Nope. We live on a cul-de-sac chock full of toddlers through elementary school kids, lined with cars parked on both sides. People race toward the small, circular street end as though they're itching to jump the curb and land straight in their living rooms to avoid the hassle of getting out of their cars.

Posted limit is 25, with signs reminding drivers to go slow and use caution. We only have sidewalks on one side, so kids, stroller moms/dads, and joggers are often smack in the middle of the road. If I drove like everyone else around here, I'd probably be facing vehicular manslaughter charges right now. It's really dumb luck that no one's been hit (at least in the year we've been here,) but that sort of luck never lasts.

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Some don't deserve to be obeyed. There is this one road that used to be 45 mph by my house and for some reason they listened to this one guy who always complained about it and now it's 25 mph. It's actually very difficult to go 25 mph. Especially when you know it's because of some old guy with nothing better to do.

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I live in the center of town in an area of older housing. My house is 100 this year. My street is much narrower than current City code, and on the next block the street dead-ends at the foot of a mountain. My neighborhood is on the slope of the mountain and is terraced, so the folk on my side of the street have driveways, but the homes on the other side of the street are about 10' above street level and have no driveways, the people park in the street. The street is barely three cars wide, which means if two cars meet going different directions and there is a car parked on the street, the one on the parking side must yield (pull over behind the parked car) as the two cannot pass one another safely with a third car parked. Lastly, the closest park is across two major roads, so the street becomes the kids' park. Between the fact that it is a dead end street so only people who live there drive it, the narrowness and the kids at play, most people drive well below the 30mph limit.

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Lots of daytime traffic enforces limit, but at night, I hear people zooming by...

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@curtisuxor: Our community has already petitioned to the county to install speed bumps on our street but they said they cannot do it because it's a public street.

Apparently in this county, you can only have speed bumps on private land like in the mall parking lots or other non-city maintained streets.

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@samstag: It is like that on my street, but I would say it is 3-1 in favor of people going WAY OVER the speed limit to people going UNDER the speed limit. I tend to go a little slower if there is a car coming toward me, or if some idiot parked on the wrong side of the street making it a truly narrow path...we also have a lot of kids and animals (wild and domestic) that dart out in the street frequently. But my husband works from a home office with a window by the street and he hears cars racing up and down the street all day long. At the very end of our street it turns into a right hand turn with a house if you go straight...one day someone drove about 90 down the street and plowed right into the house. Luckily no one was hurt, but I'm actually surprised it hadnt't happened before.

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i live in socal. i'm asian. i live with my asian family close to my asian friends. we're in a heavily-asian populated area.

short answer: hellzno.