VACAVILLE — City Council members agreed Tuesday to up the speed limit on Vine Street from 25 mph to 30 mph in order to make the speed limit enforceable.
The 1.6-mile road, which has seen numerous accidents, is considered a “collector” and the posted speed limit must be based on the speed of 85 percent of the free-flowing traffic to be enforceable, according to the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices that operates in accordance with the California Vehicle Code.
Required studies recently indicate that traffic ranged from 33 mph to 37 mph on the street.
Councilwoman Dilenna Harris, who said she drives or walks the road daily, agreed with the change in order to have an enforceable speed limit.
“I think it’s a good choice,” she said.
A couple of residents from that area also spoke in favor of the change. One was former Vacaville police chief Gary Tatum, who lives on Vine Street and said most of the accidents were due to speed.
“The speed limit is important to us,” he said.
With the speed limit change and a new enforceability, he urged police to patrol the area on a more frequent basis.
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