CREATED Nov. 5, 2013
PALM DESERT - It's not hard to spot someone flying down Monterey Avenue, way above the speed limit. One intersection in particular is worrying some residents, saying there's too many speeders.
"The cars are whizzing by and you hear the noise and the cars shaking and you know it's scary," said Lee Legvold, who lives at Monterey Country Club.
He explained that the intersection in front of the country club on Monterey Avenue and Avenida del Sol is unsafe, especially for a community seniors call home.
"They don't slow down once they go south of country club. They're still doing 55, 60, 65 here," said Legvold.
The Transportation Engineer at the City of Palm Desert said the speed limit of 50 miles per hour at the particular intersection in front is in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. City engineers determine speed limits based on how fast drivers are traveling on a particular street.
So ironically, the faster traffic moves, the higher the speed limits are set.
According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, since the start of 2013 there have been a total of six non-injury traffic collisions on Monterey between Avenida Del Sol and Avenida Las Palmas. There was one non-injury hit-and-run and one speeding citation issued.
"This area is difficult to work. There is no particular area a motor officer can position himself to safely monitor," added Julio Oseguera, Public Information Officer for the Sheriff's Department, "For a major roadway such as Monterey, seven total collisions within a 10-month time frame is minimal."
Currently, the City of Palm Desert is in the process of updating the city's speed limits. Smaller streets are the ones that will see the most changes, but as far as Monterey Avenue goes, the speed limits will likely remain the same.