Council considers Vine Street speed limit increase

By March 12, 2014

VACAVILLE — Staff is asking the City Council on Tuesday to look at raising the speed limit on Vine Street from 25 mph to 30 mph.

The two-lane street is a 1.6-mile stretch of road between Monte Vista Avenue and Gibson Canyon Road controlled by a stop sign on each end plus a traffic circle at Vineyard Valley Way and Vintage Court, with a total of nine intersecting streets along the route.

A traffic study indicated that the 5 mph increase fit with the flow of traffic based on the speed of 85 percent of the free-flowing traffic through the area.

The recommendation to increase the speed limit is based on the California Vehicle Code and California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which requires speed limits to be established at the 5 mph increment closest to that 85th percentile mark, according to staff reports.

Vine is notated as a “collector” street on the California Road System Maps. According to the state’s vehicle code, local agencies are required to conduct the survey in order to “establish, post and enforce speed limits on that street.”

The survey was conducted on three different segments of the 1.6 miles and 85 percent of the traffic flowed between 33 and 37 mph. In order to meet the state’s definition of a “reasonable and prudent” speed limit, which is enforceable, staff recommends the speed limit be changed to 30 mph.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 650 Merchant St. For more an agenda, go to www.ci.vacaville.ca.us.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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  • The MisterMarch 11, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Knowing these money-grubbers on the Council, they'll lower the speed limit and order maximum enforcement. Taxation by Citation.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 11, 2014 - 8:47 am

    The Mister, “taxation by citation” is a cute catch-phrase, but do we go there or continue allowing the cars, bicycles and motorcycles to run amok? Personally, I’d love to see zero tolerance/maximum enforcement. At least if only for a short time to get people back in line. Traffic enforcement over the years has done more than just cite traffic offenders. Cops have discovered illegal paraphernalia guns criminals and the list goes on. One of my pet peeves is the blacked-out windows. Not sure why cops tolerate that? Why in the world would any city turn down the easiest revenue ever PLUS the opportunity to grab bad guys and their loot? This does not make fiscal or practical sense to me.

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  • B. ThiemerMarch 11, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Perhaps The Mister is getting at that all these crimes in our community are punished with fees. If the crime (like speeding down a street) is so detrimental to our community, why does the government just issue a bill to the suspect and let them go on their merry way? Then the suspect has the opportunity to avoid the court process by ‘surrendering’ their ‘bail’ to government. The person or persons that were supposedly wronged by the crime never see any of the restitution. Is the system about ‘justice’ or about revenue?

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  • The MisterMarch 11, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Thanks, Brian. So many times we see the "State" is the victim. We see this A LOT with green leafy substances. If the "State" is the victim, then where are the damages? Do damages, no standing. Case closed.

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  • The MisterMarch 11, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    Opps... meant to say "No damages, no standing."

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  • Typical County WorkerMarch 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    Regarding tinted windows, they don't complain because they have it on their cars. If you get a ticket for tinted windows it is a fix it ticket which has to be signed off by a police officer. Take a look at the lots around the police stations and you will see a lot cars that the tint is applied to the front windows, which is illegal.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 11, 2014 - 7:06 am

    If the posted speed limit Is 25MPH, and "85 percent of the traffic flowed between 33 and 37 mph," that means 85% of those driving there are breaking the law. Why don't you go ahead and remove stop signs and signal lights while you're at it? Nobody pays any attention to those either. More bad law with even less enforcement. Yep, that's exactly what is needed.

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