E. Washington, from McDowell Blvd. to Petaluma N. Blvd.

Petaluma, CaliforniaJan 31, 20121 Comments

I received a speeding ticket, on August 11. I came off 101S at Washington St. exit. Right at light into traffic from overpass. Cop pulls me over within a few hundred feet before Ellis St. Tells me I was doing 42 in a 30 zone. 30 mph on a major 4-lane connecting road to 101, downtown Petaluma! Asked me if I knew the speed limit. Since I live in Santa Rosa, and spend 95% of my time driving there, I said, “No.” All the 4-lane connection roads in Santa Rosa to Hwy 101(Guernville-College) are 40/35 mph. Cop gave me a ticket. More revenue for Petaluma. Now, it gets interesting. The Petaluma DPW Civil Engineers who do the Engineering and Traffic Studies are not licensed as Traffic Engineers. That is a separate license through the Board of Engineers in Sacramento. They are unqualified. The studies are bogus. The radar used in traffic studies to set speed limits must be done with free flow traffic, not peak commuter times, early am. late pm.. Peak traffic bunches cars together which leads to inacurate reading. The studies can be challenged which no one does. The Petaluma City Government rubber stamps them, people go to Court with a poor defense, and hope for reduced fines. It doesn’t have to happen. You can fight the power! Get Nolo Press, Fight your Ticket and Win in California. If enough people do this the Local governments and Police will get the message . Fight intelligently EVERY ticket! Do the homework. Demand your rights under the California Public Records Act of 2004. Make the local Prosecutor earn his/her money.

This is a four lane street, but it is also narrow and well posted. Even if it was a 35 mph zone, the driver was 7 mph over the posted limit.
#1Feb 24, 2012Report Abuse

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