SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Think you know your local speed limit? Think again.
That’s what ESPN San Antonio host Jason Minnix learned in late October.
He told KTSA News he was leaving the Alpha Media San Antonio compound on Eisenhauer Road on October 25th and was immediately pulled over by a San Antonio police officer for speeding.
And Minnix wasn’t the only one.
“There was at least dozen people there in the parking lot with me all getting tickets,” Minnix explained. A motorcycle cop was just pulling people over in bulk that afternoon.
They were all accused of speeding in a 30 mile per hour zone.
But Minnix thought that wasn’t right since he has been driving up and down Eisenhauer Road every day for the past 10 years — and noted the speed limit has always been 35 miles per hour.
In fact, every sign but one on the road agreed with the sports talker.
He did some research and contacted the city Transportation and Capital Improvements department to learn that the speed limit was 35 miles per hour and the 30 mile per hour sign was posted in error.
The speed limit on the stretch of road hasn’t changed since 1973.
The errant sign was put up in July when the city repaved Eisenhauer Road. TCI installed the correct speed limit sign last month when it became aware of the error.
TCI said it did not know why the worker installed the incorrect sign and cannot find out since they are no longer working for the city.
The city says this does not happen often.
“In fact, this particular speed limit sign on Eisenhauer is the first one that needed to be replaced — because it was the wrong speed limit — that anyone around here could remember,” TCI spokesman Paul Berry told KTSA. “We’re not sure why this particular incorrect sign on Eisenhauer was placed, as the person who placed it is no longer with the City.”
Minnix’s ticket was dismissed in court Tuesday.
How speed limits are determined
Speed limits are set through laws and ordinances, usually on the local level, though many speed limits are set from the state level.
Speed limits are set at the 85 percentile speed of a roadway — or what 85 percent of drivers would feel comfortable driving.
The City of San Antonio says some speed limits are set by state law, like 30 miles per hour on streets and 15 miles per hour on alleys in urban areas. Any road with a different speed limit will have a sign posted noting the enforced speed.
That means if you are on a road that does not have a speed limit sign posted on it, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
There are circumstances where a street sign denoting a 30 mile per hour speed limit will be posted. They include streets where speeding has been a problem, streets that look like they have a higher speed limit and the primary entrance into residential areas.
If you ever think a sign — whether it is a speed limit sign or a street sign — is incorrect, the City of San Antonio asks you call 3-1-1 to report the issue.
If you have an issue with speeding on your street and you wish to have speed bumps or stop signs installed, you need to submit a Neighborhood Traffic Calming Request Form. A request can only be made by a neighborhood group — not an individual homeowner. If a traffic study finds some relief is needed, TCI will determine the proper solution for that street.