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Commissioners approve city speed limit changes

Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager

You better slow down. Albany police might soon be handing out more speeding tickets in a couple of areas.

City officials say they don't often change speed limits around the city. Commissioners approved new rules on Ledo and Beattie Roads to make sure police can use their radar there.

Every year, the city has to inform the Georgia Department of Transportation of where they plan to use radar guns and whether there are changes in those areas. The speed limit on the section of Ledo between Highway 19 and Nottingham Way actually increased from 35 to 45 miles per hour. A 25 mile per hour school zone remains near Deerfield Lower School on Beattie Road. A new flashing light is now up in the area, so police need the city's approval to use radar during school open and closing hours.

"Well in this case GDOT made the determination on Ledo Road that's a state road,” said Wes Smith, Assistant City Manager. “As it relates to the school on Beattie Road the time that they got out was a little different. So we have to tell GDOT when we're going to use the radar and it has to be within that define time frame."

City leaders added the flashing light to make sure drivers pay attention around small children and slow down. Deerfield's new open and closing time frame is now 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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