Altadena : Traffic Radar Approved

The Town Council narrowly voted Tuesday to support a proposed country radar enforcement program to help reduce speeding on local streets.

Christopher Ramstead, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works, told the council that the county, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol, wants to begin using car-mounted photo radar on Altadena Drive, New York Drive and Fairoaks Avenue.

Some council members opposed the radar program because state law requiring actual driving speeds to be considered in determining speed limits would raise the speed limit on portions of Altadena Drive by 5 m.p.h. over existing speed limits of 30 and 35 m.p.h., according to Ramstead. Councilman Frank Bridal said: "The legal process seems to let the lawbreakers set the standards."

The council tied 6 to 6 on whether to support the program, but Town Council Chairman Gene Coffman voted in favor and the measure passed.

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