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What is the speed limit on my street and can it be lowered?
On residential roads that are not posted, the speed limit is 30 m.p.h. State law for public roadways implies that 30 m.p.h. is the lowest speed limit that can be enforced and can only be lower for very specific situations, such as, school zones.
Aren't vehicles suppose to stop for pedestrians in cross walks?
, the biggest problem seems to be a misunderstanding of the law by motorists and pedestrians alike, the pedestrian should be attempting to cross the roadway, not just standing behind the curb.
"Where traffic-control signals are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the vehicle is stopped. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. This provision shall not apply under the conditions as otherwise provided in this subdivision."
What are Le Sueur's policies for traffic signs?
The Le Sueur Public Works Department annually receives a number of traffic sign requests from residents. The majority of these sign requests generally relate to concerns for speeding and/or other careless driving behavior. When these requests involve changes to the number or locations of stop signs, speed limits, or parking restrictions City Council action is required to make those changes. City staff typically prepares the necessary studies and/or reports necessary for City Council consideration.
In the case of requests for yellow and black warning signs, City staff analyze these requests and place or modify signs in general accordance with the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MMUTCD), which is a specific, local version of a broader comprehensive federal document.
These documents guide local road authorities in the placement of signs, and help to ensure consistency from city to city, county to county, state to state, etc. The MMUTCD is cited as a guiding document and the best overall resource for experts involved in all facets of traffic control and sign placement, and usually referenced in litigation arising from motor vehicle accidents. For these reasons, City staff relies heavily upon the guidelines and principles contained therein.
What should I do if I see someone speeding or driving dangerously in my neighborhood?
Enforcement of traffic laws in Le Sueur is provided by the City of Le Sueur Police Department. Try to get a license plate number from the vehicle, then, even if you don't get a plate number, call the non-emergency number at 507-665-3313 and inform them of the problem.
Who do I contact regarding poor visibility at an intersection due to shrubs or trees?
T.J. Heinricy the Park Supervisor at 507-593-8378.
Who do I notify if a street light is out?
The Le Sueur Electric Department at 507-665-3338.
Why is the speed limit on Kingsway Drive only 30 m.p.h.?
The maximum engineered design speed on some of the curves on Kingsway Drive are 30 m.p.h.
Wouldn't a Slow Children at Play sign help to provide safer streets?
The Slow Children at Play type signs were removed entirely from both the Federal and State versions of the Manual a number of years ago. The reason was that the signs were deemed vague and confusing to motorists in their message, and studies performed indicated no measurable change in driver behavior in the vicinity of the signs. The intention of yellow and black warning signs is to call attention to a condition which would be unexpected to an average driver, like sharp curve, railroad crossing, school crossing, stop ahead, trail crossing, etc.
While the presence of children in a street certainly can constitute a potentially hazardous condition, it is intuitive to most drivers that roads through predominately residential communities such as Le Sueur will have some number of children adjacent. There is no known or agreed upon criterion for when a certain density of children in a residential area exceeds what an average driver expects.
Slow Children at Play signs within the city were removed a number of years ago following an extensive survey and evaluation of Le Sueur's traffic control devices by a traffic engineering firm. It is felt that the City could be creating a larger problem by inadvertently condoning public streets as safe play areas for children.
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