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Study finds local Sun City drivers often in fast company

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Advisory speed limit signs on 99th Avenue near Cameo Drive in Sun City suggest drivers should slow down.

Advisory speed limit signs on 99th Avenue near Cameo Drive in Sun City suggest drivers should slow down.

UN CITY, Ariz. – The streets of Sun City would make a great NHRA drag strip if for one thing.

They weren’t paved for speedsters.

Yet, recent speed checks by Sun City Posse radar trailers reveal drivers are going over the posted limit, some more than twice the limit.

The Posse compiled speed data from 14 radar checks spread from Dec. 28, 2015, to May 20. Each check collected speeds over a four-day period. Half of them resulted in average speeds of seven-plus miles per hour over the posted limit. And 11 had a high speed 19 mph or more than the limit.

A check from May 9 to May 13 involved the intersection of westbound Thunderbird Road at Redwood Drive. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph, but data shows an average speed of 43 mph, up from 41 mph in late February. The radar registered 24,820 drivers during that time span. The highest speed attained was 75 mph.

Recording data from the radar is easy. Enforcing speed limits is not. Since Sun City is an unincorporated area, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of traffic enforcement and ticketing speedsters. However, addressing the problems in the city has usually gone untouched.

Sun City Posse member Tim Lambin said no one was ticketed during the speed checks. The radar trailers placed are meant to get drivers to slow down, recording a car’s speed as it approaches; but it’s up to each person to follow the limits.

“Some slow down,” Lambin said at a SCHOA Roads and Safety Committee meeting. “Obviously, some don’t.”

Committee member Don Thompson expressed concern about vehicle speed on Olive Avenue near Paramount Academy, a public charter school. A speed check will be done between 99th and 111th avenues.

Jim Powell, another committee member, said a woman brought complaints of large tractor trailers using their Jake brakes, which create loud noises.

“Apparently when they’re coming to a stop they can hit a switch,” Powell said. “You don’t use Jake brakes unless you’re coming down a hill. But they do it just because they can.”

Lambin said residents are encouraged to request the placement of a radar trailer if speeding is a problem in their area. They should also contact Maricopa County Supervisor representative Clint Hickman, Dist. 4, about getting MCSO to enforce traffic within Sun City.


Courtesy: Chris Caraveo

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