Can the town post a lower speed limit on my street to slow down traffic?
The Police Department works closely with the community to educate drivers and enforce speed laws in many areas of town. The police use a variety of enforcement techniques including saturation patrol, and selective enforcement by the patrol officers. Some believe speed limits reduce accidents and increase safety. Actually, research studies show there is no direct relationship between posted speed limits and the frequency of accidents. Appropriate speed limits establish a steady flow of traffic and simplifies enforcement.

The Town of Thurmont has posted speed limits that range from 25-40 miles per hour. These speeds are based on Traffic Engineering Surveys that take into consideration the roadway conditions, accident records, and the speed of drivers. The maximum speed limit for any passenger vehicle is 65 miles per hour. All speed limits below 65 are either set by the Maryland Vehicle Code (e.g. 25 miles per hour in business and residential areas), or have been established through a Traffic Engineering Survey.

The speed limit is not always posted, but drivers are required to know to drive at a safe speed; as defined by the Maryland Vehicle Code. In Thurmont, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. The Town of Thurmont must meet the standards of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to alter speed limits within the Town.

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1. Can the town post a lower speed limit on my street to slow down traffic?
2. How does the town decide where to put in a traffic signal?
3. Won't speed bumps slow traffic on our streets?
4. Can my neighborhood get a "Children at Play" sign posted?
5. Can we have a crosswalk at this intersection?
6. How does the Police Department address problems of speeding vehicles?
7. Why don't we have crossing guards at all school crossings?
8. Is it illegal to drive without a license plate on the front of my car?
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