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Council considers stop sign

Friday, May 13, 2005

Members of the Brazil City Council will have the opportunity to draft a stop sign proposal for consideration after Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk reported the findings of a recent traffic study.

BPD conducted a study of the traffic patterns near the intersection of Ashley and Olive streets. Local citizens requested the city establish a stop street in order to curb the high number of motorists exceeding the posted speed limit of 25 mph.

Local officers in unmarked vehicles used radar to collect speed-related data in the last month during day, night and late-night hours, Loudermilk said. During the day, approximately 30-40 vehicles went through per hour. The number of vehicles dropped significantly later in the day.

Loudermilk reported that 65 percent of vehicles drove 30 mph or less, while 30 percent drove 31-39 mph. About five percent of motorists drove more than 40 mph.

"The fastest vehicle I found was 45 miles an hour," he said.

City Attorney Joe Trout told the Council that it would be up to members to determine whether or not establishment of a stop street is necessary. After considering the request and information, those interested have the option of working with him to draft a proposal.

The Brazil City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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