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Speeding a concern in Truckee neighborhoods

SHERRY MAYS and JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Once motorists realized the snow and ice were finally gone this summer, the speed on Truckee’s residential streets picked up – causing concern for neighborhood residents and law enforcement.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office weekly logs reflect that concern, with a few confrontations between residents and speeders, as well as requests for speed surveys in certain areas. Residents are calling for increased enforcement to target speeders in their neighborhoods.

However, Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Duncan said most of the speeders are people who live in the neighborhoods where speed is a concern.

“Speeding and speeding complaints continue to be a huge problem in some neighborhoods, especially parts of Glenshire and Tahoe Donner,” Duncan said.

“The point I want to make is that these are residential neighborhood streets and not thoroughfares. The people who are speeding are the people who live in those areas.”

He said speeders should realize that they are endangering their neighbors and family when they drive recklessly through residential areas.

“It’s your neighborhood,” Duncan said. “These are your family members and your neighbors. Slow down.”

Duncan said deputies will continue to address the speeding problem, and will keep lowering tolerance levels in response to complaints, but warned that lessened tolerance will mean more tickets for all speeding violations.

Those who file speed complaints should be aware that strict enforcement is a double-edged sword.

Duncan said it’s not unusual for people worried about speeding in their own neighborhoods to be ticketed for speeding in other parts of Truckee.

Glenshire takes pro-active steps

“No need for speed – Slow down in Glenshire,” is the slogan being spearheaded by the Glenshire-Devonshire Homeowners Association.

The association’s General Manager Geoff Stephens said Glenshire’s problems are not unique, but the approach the association is taking is aggressive.

“There are hot spots in our neighborhood,” he said. “We didn’t get a lot of response to the complaints, so we think the best approach is through enforcement and education. And some reminding can’t help.”

Stephens said he didn’t completely agree with Duncan’s comments about residents being the only speeders.

“Everyone around here speeds through Glenshire,” he said. Even the school buses speed through here. We are an exposed community.”

Stephens said problems arise because Glenshire Drive provides access to Interstate 80 and is designated a truck route.

“Our desire is for everyone to slow down and to realize they are in a residential area,” he said. “There are just too many kids.”

Signage and speed bumps throughout the “hot spots” have been proposed, but Stephens said having a consistent law enforcement presence will be the key.

“Having a sheriff enforcing the speed limit at 2 p.m. won’t work,” he said. “People speed to and from work and school. We need enforcement, or at least a presence, during these times to remind people of the speed limit.”

Stephens said he is working with the community to increase awareness of proper speed limits. The association conducted a slogan contest within the community and Glenshire Elementary School, and awarded prize money for the best slogans “No need for speed” was the first choice, “Give us a brake, there’s a lot at stake,” was the second. The slogans are being printed on bumper stickers for distribution with the association’s annual September mailer.

“All of these messages could apply townwide,” Stephens said. “We hope the town adopts a message consistent with ours. All thoroughfares are susceptible to speeders.”

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