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Traffic Report Shows Dexter Drivers Ignoring Posted Speed Limits in Village

Drivers in the village of Dexter regularly speed in high traffic pedestrian areas and in subdivisions.

A report released by the village of Dexter this week shows drivers continue to ignore posted speed limits in parts of the community.

The report uses data generated from the village's portable LED speed sign, and shows motorists on Ryan Drive in the Huron Farms subdivision regularly drive 5 miles or more above the posted 25 mile per hour limit.

The device was placed on Ryan Drive from Feb. 1 through Feb. 12.

Data shows that between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7 approximately 2,282 motorists were traveling up to 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit compared to 1,513 traveling beneath or at the speed limit. During that same time period, 517 motorists were traveling between 31 to 35 miles per hour, and 56 were traveling between 36 and 40 miles per hour.

During the week of Feb. 6-12, 2,276 motorists were tagged traveling between 26-30 miles per hour, with 1,464 motorists traveling at the posted speed limit. Four-hundred motorists traveled at 31-35 miles per hour, and 54 motorists traveled between 36 and 40 miles per hour.

"The data shows that over both weeks 12 percent of the cars were driving in excess of 30 miles per hour,” president Shawn Keough said in his bi-monthly report to the village council.

The report shows that weekend traffic tends to be higher for speed violations.

In response to safety concerns from residents in Orchard River Hills and other village subdivisions, officials have asked the Washtenaw County Sheriff to increase traffic patrols to help alleviate speeding around areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

"In regard to traffic in subdivisions, I would like to see the sheriff's department monitor traffic during morning rush hour through Westridge and Eastridge Streets. I have a sneaking suspicion people are cutting through there to avoid the signal at Dexter-Pinckney and Island Lake roads, despite the 'No Thru Traffic' sign," Amos Walker wrote in response to a previous article on Dexter Patch.

Annette Coy, a resident on Huron Street, said she would like to see more traffic calming devices in other parts of the village as well.

"Traffic comes off of Mast Road at 50 miles per hour and does not slow down coming into the village. I would love a speed bump on my street," she said.

Village officials will conduct a similar traffic in other parts of the community in the coming months. The portable sign is currently collecting data from vehicles traveling on Fifth Street.

Tom Stoner February 28, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Anyone traveling faster than 35 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone or rolling through a stop sign at an intersection deserves a ticket. If they can't obey the rules while driving motor vehicles, let them get into the position where they can't afford auto insurance any longer and we'll see just how fast they can walk or ride their bicycle.
Lee Ullmann February 28, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I live on Parkridge in the Westridge subdivision and the twenty or so residents living to the west of me do not generate the amount of traffic I see in the morning. After turning off my street they take another side street parallel to Dexter-Pinckney Road so they can avoid the signal at DP and Island Lake Road. So far we have three violations - going through the sub, avoiding a traffic signal, and almost always speeding. We need some serious enforcement here.
Alan Dailey February 28, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Ask most drivers about 25 mile per hour limits and they make up every excuse in the world to justify their need to go faster. The purpose of 25 in a village like Dexter is to allow residents (I am one of them) to safely exit a driveway or turn on to another street, or if walking, cross safely. Tom is correct, enforcement and points, over time will alleviate a significant problem. As long as Dexter is a shortcut to Ann Arbor or towns north, we will continue to see disregard for reasonable laws. Take down the blinking signs and do some more enforcement.
MGOBLUE February 28, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Cameras and robotickets? Why not?
Laura Jones February 28, 2013 at 04:12 PM
What we need is a bypass for the Village bottleneck. I now drive to the other side of the Village and take Mast Road to get kids to school just to avoid that nightmare from Dexter-Pinckney into town. That one stretch of road can be a 20 minute add on to the morning travel time and its only getting worse. People drive into the intersection on yellow lights, without any room, and stay there, blocking oncoming traffic when the light changes. The nice people get under the viaduct and stop to let people from Dexter-Chelsea into the flow, which further blocks down the line. Or they let people in from your sub. This is exactly the mess predicted so many years ago and no one was willing to take any action. Now, there is little that can be done without causing a huge inconvenience to many homeowners or trying to wrest rights from the Gordon Hall trust for a new road. Sometimes you get exactly what you ask for. I am hopeful when the trails open out to Huron Metro Park we can bike to school in the mornings and skip that nightmare.
Laura Jones February 28, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Reports seem to indicate that cameras and robotickets are subject to misuse and error. They are privately contracted and there is an incentive to trim the calibrations in favor of the tickets. Making money off of a quasi legal activity for a private company is never a good mix for fairness.
Julie Mueller February 28, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I live on Main St. with the back of my house on Fifth St. and can sit in the backyard on any given day & watch 9 out of 10 drivers fly off Main St. and come whipping down Fifth St. to avoid having to go the speed limit or getting behind someone who is. We didn't get a dog for many years mainly because of that. I am happy to see the speed indicator post on Fifth St. because now people notice it and go a little slower. Baby steps I guess.
Laura Jones February 28, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Very good idea - I hope this is seriously considered.
Bob March 01, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I don't think we should be spending more tax payers money on this. If the residents of the sub want something installed, they may want to pay it out of their HOA fees. As it is tax in the village is high.
Flexorz March 02, 2013 at 04:53 AM
A device similar to this is actually what they had temporary installed on Ryan Drive to capture the data mentioned in the article. I wish they would keep it there permanently!
MGOBLUE March 02, 2013 at 06:46 PM
The village already owns it and it's just being passed around among problem areas. Unless you also expect neighborhood residents to purchase police cars and start writing their own tickets, then the village is just doing it's job enforcing traffic rules.

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