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County Commission irked by reduced speed limit

Elliott wants deputies to go easy on drivers

Summit County commissioners were upset Wednesday when they were told that Utah Department of Transportation officials lowered the speed limit along a portion of S.R. 224 in Snyderville without telling them.

The speed limit on both sides of the highway between Silver Springs and The Canyons was reduced from 55 to 45 mph.

"That’s going to be real confusing to people," Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer said. "I don’t think that’s a good idea at all right now."

But Summit County officials are the ones who asked UDOT to study the change, County Engineer Derrick Radke said, adding that most motorists travel that stretch of road at 45 mph.

The speed limit on S.R. 224 now changes four times between Kimball Junction and Park City.

"The sheriff was out picking people up," Richer said.

County Commissioner Sally Elliott, who saw a driver pulled over by an officer in the area last weekend, hopes deputies will go easy on motorists until they can adjust to the change.

"Officers always have discretion," Summit County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dave Booth said.

S.R. 224 is a state road where the Utah Highway Patrol has primary jurisdiction for busting speeders, he added.

"Our deputies stay within the subdivisions," Booth said. "If the state wants to change their speed limit it’s not a Sheriff’s Office issue."

— Patrick Parkinson


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