by Victor Lopez
WEST ODESSA - If you're out driving in West Odessa in the next few days, look out. You're likely to see some new signs on the side of the road you haven't seen before.
At a meeting on Monday, Ector County Commissioners voted unanimously to install speed limit signs in certain neighborhoods.
"In some instances, where we have our neighborhood watch groups, we meet with them about once a month and we've had several complaints from them about speeding in the areas noted here, in our study," Ector County Commissioner, Freddie Gardner, said.
Ten new speed limit signs will be going up in specific areas of West Odessa.
Two will be installed on Westridge at University and on North Moss, two each on Torrance and Alturas at University and then Mockingbird Lane. Four more will go up on 26th and 24th Streets at FM 1936 and also Mockingbird.
None of them aimed at anyone in particular, but all for the same reason.
"We just want to cut down on the speeding, period. To me, it doesn't matter if it's younger folks, older, middle aged, whatever. They need to respect our speed limit signs," Gardner said.
Once the signs are up, it will be up the Ector County Sheriff's Department to make sure drivers obey them.
"We'll send some units out there and try to concentrate and run radar in that area, when we can. Hopefully that will slow them down for a while. We can't be there all the time and we can't be at every different place, so it's just a matter of using what we have at the time and trying to get them slowed down in a bad area," Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson, said.
Right now, some of these areas don't have a posted speed limit. Officials say, that shouldn't make a difference.
"There's all sorts of excuses for people that speed, especially if there's no sign. If it's not posted, in a residential area, the speed limit is 30 mph," Donaldson said.
The areas are primarily residential, and at around 90 dollars per sign, Commissioner Gardner feels it's a good investment. He hopes all drivers, whether in the city or in the county, will take the hint and slow down.
"Speed kills and we certainly want to avoid any accidents if possible and I do feel like the signs will help," Gardner said.
The new signs will be made in the County sign shop and be paid for from money already in the department's budget.