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Can ignoring ‘Your speed is’ sign lead to a ticket?

The in basket: Sharell Lee wonders if the “Your speed is…” signs are ever used for traffic speed enforcement.

“Am I correct that the flashing electric speed signs do nothing to control or punish speeders – that all they do is post the speed and flash when it’s exceeded?” she asked. “If so, why bother with installing them?  Those that are speeding already know they are, and a flashing sign isn’t going to change that once they realize there is no negative consequence in continuing to do so.”

The out basket: Well, the signs slow ME down, even though I know they are just advisory, and I must assume I’m not the only one. Surely those who don’t know it (not unrealistic in an age of red light enforcement cameras) probably are even more likely to take their foot off the gas.

Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works says, “Some are able to collect data regarding speeds, but that data is a compilation and not tied to any individual vehicle. They are not used to enforce speed limits.”

Old Military Road speeders trouble resident

The in basket: Craig Reynolds says speeding is particularly bad on Old Military Road between McWilliams and Fairgrounds roads in Central Kitsap, especially at rush hour.

Both directions are bad between 3:30 and 6 p.m., he said. He presumes it to be commuter traffic not wanting to use Highway 303 for whatever reason.

Many are motorcycles and kids with loud exhausts, he said. He thinks residents of the housing on Pine Road regard it as an option to 303 when heading toward Silverdale.

They get up to 45 to 60 mph in the 35 mph zone, he said.

He wonders how the neighbors might score one of the “Your Speed Is…” signs, such as the one in the dip on McWilliams Road just east of where Old Military intersects it. That sign really seems to slow drivers down, he said.

Frankly, that sign annoys me, as it flashes “slow down” if you’re even a mile over the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit, which is hard to avoid on the downgrade leading to it. I prefer the one Port Orchard has on Mile Hill that blinks your speed if you’re over the limit, and flashes red-blue, simulating a police car, if you’re more than 5 over.

The out basket: Jeff Shea, Kitsap County’s traffic engineer says, “Residents can request speed radar signs from Public Works by calling Kitsap1 (360.337.5777).

“Our traffic investigator completes a thorough study to determine if the sign is warranted. The study includes looking at the number of vehicles that are routinely exceeding posted speed limits.

Jeff said, “The radar signs are reserved for higher functional road classifications that do not qualify for speed bumps or other traffic calming devices,” which describes Old Military Road, I’m sure.