May 13, 2022

Speeding motorists a concern for Hoisington City Council member

Posted May 13, 2022 7:00 PM

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

Hoisington City Council member Carrol Nather approached city administration and the rest of the board with a concern of the speed motorists are traveling on side streets. Nather referenced a recent trip to her friend’s house where she was parked on the street and a motorist “raced” by prior to her getting out of her vehicle.

Hoisington Police Chief Kenton Doze stated the city does not have the authority to lower the speed limit.

"You have to contact the state and they do two traffic surveys," said Doze. "The state then decides if the speed limit should be knocked down to 25 or wherever."

State law states side streets have a speed limit of 30 mph, unless posted in a school zone.

Nather also asked about the placement of stop signs to slow down traffic, but City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said it would be challenging to determine how many to install and at which locations.

Councilmember Darren Reinert said there is no way to slow down the entire city.

"You can put all the speed limit signs out there you want, but if that kid wants to drive 50 down the street, he's going to drive 50 down the street," said Reinert. "You can't put a police car at every intersection. We can't fix that problem."

Mitchell said the city will try to get the word out about the issue and encouraged any citizen to notify the police department if they continue to see traffic violations.