Speed Limits Highly Subjective

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Did anybody else notice the irony?

Thursday night, the Payson Town Council voted to raise the speed limit from 15 to 25 mph in the school zones around Payson High School and Rim Country Middle School an area crawling with literally hundreds of young people when the two schools are in session.

Yet whenever the subject of raising the speed limit on Tyler Parkway comes before the town council, it is roundly defeated.

This despite the fact that no one, except for an occasional jogger, can be seen on this, the world's slowest parkway.

This despite the fact that Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner told the council he didn't have the manpower to enforce the 25 mph speed limit on Tyler any more than he could enforce the 15 mph speed limit in the school zones.

This despite the fact that LaRon Garrett, town public works engineer, told the council that Tyler was engineered for a higher speed limit than the 25 mph currently in force.

Could it be that the few people who show up at the council meetings whenever the subject of raising the speed limit on Tyler Parkway comes up residents who own expensive homes on the tony parkway have more clout at town hall than your average, run-of-the-mill parent?

Could it be that those few people make more noise about how Tyler Parkway is "a residential neighborhood" than parents who are probably too busy raising their children to show up at town council meetings.

Could it be that those same parents just took it for granted that the council would no more raise the speed limit in a school zone than they would raise the speed limit on Tyler Parkway.

When asked about the irony of it all, Payson Mayor Ken Murphy said, "I haven't heard from anybody saying they want the speed limit raised on Tyler Parkway. People need to let me know what they want and then I can help them."

You can reach the mayor at 474-5242, ext. 2222.

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