The recent reduction in the speed limit along Nogales Highway from approximately Interstate 19 through the Walmart business district, from 45 mph to 40 mph, has raised questions within the community. Despite the Sahuarita Town Council’s justification for this change being a measure to decrease accidents and their severity in the increasingly congested area, there is a notable absence of statistical evidence supporting such a move. It is important to note that while The Crossing at Sahuarita’s development and the establishment of new businesses have indeed heightened traffic, many residents are speculating that the decision to lower the speed limit might be driven by alternative motives.
More Money, More Tickets
Rumors have been circulating that this alteration to the speed limit could potentially serve as a strategy to enhance law enforcement’s ticketing efforts, ultimately leading to increased revenue for the city. This speculation further underscores the need for transparent communication and clear, data-driven justifications when it comes to implementing such changes that directly impact the town’s residents and commuters.
Moreover, the Sahuarita Town Council’s assertion that crashes have diminished by approximately 20% in the area due to recent alterations lacks the presentation of substantial statistical evidence. As this reduction might be attributed to a range of factors that have nothing to do with a lowered speed limit, including changes in driver behavior, traffic management, and general awareness, more comprehensive information is essential to understand the full picture accurately.
In fact, citing the reduction of accidents in the area is misleading because the speed limit has not been reduced yet and the effects of past traffic alterations are irrelevant to speed limit reduction and its potential effects in the future.
As Sahuarita residents continue to navigate these changes, it remains crucial for local authorities to provide concrete evidence supporting the rationale behind altered speed limits. This will not only address public concerns but also foster a sense of trust and collaboration between the community and the governing bodies responsible for ensuring safe and efficient roadways. It doesn’t matter what you think about it though, because the City Council already made the decision for you. This is what is wrong with unelected bureaucrats making decisions for our communities. They will always do whatever lines their pockets.