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PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby djkest » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:28 pm

Hey guys,
I wanted to make you all aware of the "Wildlife Crossing Zone" speed limits that go into effect Saturday, September 1st. This is on US HWY 24 between Buena Vista and Leadville. The speed limit goes from 65 down to 55 between (I believe) 5PM AND 7AM.

If you drive 60+ mph, you could get a ticket that has double fines and may cost you OVER $300 as I found out firsthand last year. They will NOT let you off with a warning, even on the first day. The judge will NOT reduce the fine in any way. If you have any doubts, just drive 55 mph and save yourself a big headache. My ticket was $347 was cited for driving just a few MPH above what I thought was the speed limit. It was September 2nd, at 5:40 PM, bright and sunny outside.

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It doesn't matter that it can be bright and sunny at 5PM... they will still give you a ticket. It's based on time/date and has nothing to do with sunrise/sunset.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby Magnum420 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:51 pm

I was just going to post about this...

Watch out in Summit County north of Silverthorne to Kremmling. I'm not sure exactly where it starts and stops, but a good portion of hwy 9 is a Wildlife Zone.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby GeezerClimber » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:10 pm

US24 between BV and Leadville is heavily patrolled year round. Don't ask me how I know.

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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby Scott P » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:10 pm

It doesn't matter that it can be bright and sunny at 5PM... they will still give you a ticket.


The signs used to say "Night 55".

Then people would argue over the definition of "Night" in court so the 5 pm to 7 am signs were added. Now in September, March and April it's pretty light when the restrictions go in effect.

Most of the signs were supposed to be experiemental and temporary for a study, but the cops liked them so they stayed.

(Former CDOT employee here, and no, the signs were not my idea.)
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby djkest » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:00 pm

Thank you Scott P for your informative post.

It almost seems like it's more about revenue generation than public awareness. However if it were pitch black and/or icy, snowy, or foggy, it's going to make your drive a lot safer. I personally slow down when I experience these conditions in this type of area, much to the annoyance of anyone behind me.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby Taillon75 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:24 pm

Obey the law! We get this whiney post every year.
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Elk and Deer feed and move at night and it's a major migration route.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby atalarico » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:32 pm

Thanks for the heads-up. For most of us, it's not an intentional disregard for the law. I know I would *easily* miss this.

I'm assuming that the same restrictions go into effect on 36 between Boulder and Lyons?

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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby Neil » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:36 pm

For me, speeding is pretty regularly an intentional violation of the law! :-" :-D
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby cheeseburglar » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:44 pm

Odd. I think if you want to drive real fast and kill a deer, go for it. Is that Chaffee County? What is their policy on roadkill? In some counties, if you are willing to wait around for the sheriff to show up and issue you a tag, you can keep roadkill. Probably not worth it for most people due to the damage it does to your car.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby djkest » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:13 pm

It 5PM on September 1st (or October 1st, for that matter), it's FAR from dark outside. Generally "night" is the time period when the sun sets. I don't like that the sign makes you decode the proper speed limit as you are driving by in relatively small letters. A couple blinking LEDs would have done a better job.

And yeah, when I got my ticket, it was because I wasn't aware of the current time and date in comparison to the guidelines as I was driving down the road... you know, watching the road.
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Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby Headwall5 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:18 pm

I got a ticket in Leadville on my way to Antero, that cost 125. It looks like a highway leaving Leadville but it isn't...

Re: PSA: Watch your Speed in Buena Vista / Leadville

Postby forbins_mtn » Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:54 am

good thing i drive a 4 cylinder accord. i'm lucky to get up to 55mph

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