To the Editor: Open letter to the people in charge of speed signs

December 8, 2010

When are you going to update the signs? Going east on State Street, the signs say 30 mph. Everyone is going at least 45. And when it gets to Welty and turns to 35, everyone is going 45 or 50. On Forest Hills, the sign says 45 mph; when it turns to 40, no one slows down. Everyone is going 60. On North Main, the sign says 30 mph. Everyone is going 45. On Alpine, it is a race to see who can go faster than the 40 or 45 mph the sign says. I don’t understand why the signs are not updated to the speed limit that everyone is going. I heard the signs are expensive. If you were to get the cops out there and giving tickets, you would have lots of money. No lights in the evening, no lights when it is raining, not stopping for stop signs. Rural is bad for that, not to mention no one is going 30 mph.

Beverly Davies


From the Dec. 8-14, 2010 issue


  1. Kitty

    December 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Seriously?? With the nation in the economic crisis it is in, YOU want the city to spend money to update speed limit signs because your aren’t happy with the way people drive???

  2. Dave Beverlies

    December 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    How about changing the signs on East State Street, heading east near Rockford College-traffic here (in three lanes) drives 30 in the left lane when the signs say 45. Or how about the signs on North Second Street north of Machesney Park Mall, where traffic drives 45 in a 55 zone? Or south of the mall where traffic drives 40 in a 45 zone? Or maybe even in both directions of IL-173 between Alpine and Rock Cut State Park where traffic drives 30-35 in a zone marked 45-55 miles per hour? Better yet, how about getting the slower traffic out of the left lanes, or maybe even driving forward when the stoplight at East State and Alpine Road turns green? Maybe the cops should be out there giving tickets for driving too slow for conditions?

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