Brentwood residents are demanding changes to a speed camera zone intended to promote safe driving and encourage motorists to obey the law, which they claim instead is unfairly punishing local residents and is inconsistent in speed limits, according to WJLA.com.
Residents claim that the speed camera’s position in the middle of a steep downhill slope makes it a speed trap instead of a traffic safety device.
Multiple speed limit signs in the area reportedly conflict with one another. At 34th Street in Brentwood the posted speed limit is 15 mph. Only a few yards past the school in Mount Ranier, the posted limit is 25 mph. A sign placed just before the speed camera informs motorists of a 15 mph speed limit when flashing, but another sign at the top of the hill posts the speed limit at 15 mph all day long from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week.
Locals feel the hours of the day when the speed limit is lowered to 15mph should be changed to the times in the morning and afternoon when children are actually present coming to or leaving the school. The city of Brentwood has removed the flashing school zone speed limit sign in order to avoid confusion, and police are telling residents the limit is 15 mph.
Having consistent speed limits is vital to the well-being of drivers and any pedestrians that are in the area. If drivers are confused or unaware of how fast they should be traveling, they can easily put pedestrians in danger. This is an even greater hazard in school zones where children can be put at great risk.
At the law firm of Alpert Schreyer our Prince George’s County pedestrian accident attorneys know that school zones are areas where pedestrian accidents unfortunately do occur. Our most precious pedestrians are our children and it is important that school zones are monitored and kept safe. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, let us help you recover the compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation, call us at (866) 444-6363.