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New Hampshire

November 26, 2012

Selectmen set 25 mph speed limit

Police say it goes against state law; it's unenforceable

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The “speed limit was never set yet to date,” Hohenberger said.

McLeod countered that the speed limit, prior to formal acceptance of the roadway, has been enforced by default at 30 mph.

Hohenberger said he will support the 25 mph limit until he is shown information that conclusively bars selectmen from imposing it.

Breton agrees with Hohenberger’s position. He said yesterday the argument has come up before. He estimates 10 to 12 sections of town roads now have 25-mph speed limits posted.

McLeod told the board only one traffic study related to speed has been done on London Bridge Road.

Breton stood by his decision.

“The 25-mph limit may save a life,” he said.

Asked whether police will enforce the limit approved by selectmen, Chief Gerald Lewis said the department can’t.

“As the board of selectmen have been advised, we cannot as the reduced speed limit does not meet the requirements (of state law),” Lewis said.

In addition, knowing the reduced limit doesn’t meet requirements of state law, the prosecutor can’t bring such a case to court, he said.

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