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I also live on Gold Ridge Trail and I want to support Mr. Wyly’s position that raising the speed limit on Gold Ridge Trail does not make sense. In addition to the points he makes I would add that, apparently, the county DOT ignores several safety considerations. On most of Gold Ridge Trail (except the small portion that the county used for its survey) the mailboxes and newspaper tubes are on only one side of the street resulting in half of the people taking a higher risk while getting the mail and papers. Also Gold Ridge Trail is the main feeder street for the Pollock Pines School District buses which adds to the danger. Also, the El Dorado High School buses do not go on Gold Ridge Trail, resulting in students walking home on a street with no sidewalks.
I agree with Mr. Wyly that I have not seen a significant presence of the Highway Patrol on Gold Ridge Trail for the last several years. Prior to that time they averaged about twice a month somewhere on the street.
I have never witnessed another city or county that has raised the speed limits on streets and roads as much as El Dorado County. I get the feeling that they would rather take a cheap way out instead of increasing enforcement on streets that have a major speeding problem. After all, although the Highway Patrol has the primary responsibility for traffic enforcement, there is nothing that prevents the Sheriff’s Department from also writing tickets or at least parking on the roadside while doing reports.
I challenge El Dorado County DOT to lower the Gold Ridge Speed limit back to 35 mph for one year and take the survey at several points along the street, and increase enforcement and presence on the street. I think they would find the average speed to be closer to that than the flawed survey they did.