To comply with state law, the Pleasanton City Council increased the speed limit on 11 streets and decreased the speed limit on a handful of streets last week, the Pleasanton Weekly reported.
The speed of 85 percent of drivers on any given roadway must be the speed limit (with a few exception), state law requires. If the speed does not match the 85 percent rule, officers can't enforce the speed limit. The council approved the measure 3-1, with Jerry Pentin voting against it
The City of San Ramon did something similar earlier this year, so their speed limits would comply with state law.
The Pleasanton Weekly reports that the roadways being impacted are:
First Street, between Ray Street/Vineyard Avenue and where First turns into Stanley Boulevard, is posted at 35 mph but motorists are driving it at 40. The survey found the same on Gibraltar Drive between Hopyard and Stoneridge. As a result, speed limits on both sections of those streets will be increased to 40 mph. Johnson Drive between Stoneridge and Commerce Circle also will now be posted at 40 mph.
Pleasanton streets now posted at 30 mph that will be raised to 35 mph are Bernal Avenue between Vineyard and Nevada; Chabot Drive between Owens and Inglewood; Dublin Canyon Road between Laurel Creek Drive and Foothill; Inglewood Drive between Hopyard and Willow; and Laguna Creek Lane between Valley and West Lagoon Road.
Pleasanton streets now posted at 25 mph that will now be raised to 30 mph are Deodar Way between Foothill and Stoneridge Mall Road; and Valley Avenue between Case Avenue and Sunol Boulevard.
Speed limits on Willow Road now posted at 40 mph will be reduced to 35 mph, and Owens Drive between Chabot Canal and Rosewood will be cut from 45 to 40 mph.
Streets where speed limits are being reduced by 5 mph include portions of Johnson Drive, Pleasanton Avenue and Springdale Avenue.
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