Local Politicians

Simply put, neither local politicians nor their civil servant employees have the statutory authority to post a regulatory speed limit sign by executive fiat, without a thorough traffic engineering study and the Commonwealth’s approval.  If a speed limit sign is posted without this procedure, it is considered illegal and unenforceable.  The fact of the matter is that both the local politicians and their employees firmly believe, rightly or wrongly, that the Commonwealth is more likely to post a speed limit which is even higher than the default unmarked speed limit.  But this would defeat the politician’s purpose, and therein lies the rub.  Instead, they take the easy way out of their quandary – they just ignore this nettlesome law.  Indeed, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”