Posting 25 miles-per-hour speed limit signs along the hilly and curving roads near Brownwood Country Club is the county’s first step to getting drivers to slow down.
A little extra patrol attention from sheriff’s deputies and state troopers will be the second step.
Brown County commissioners authorized the posting of the signs on Spring Hollow and Oak Hill Circle during their court session Monday. Precinct 1 Commissioner Steve Adams requested the signs.
No speed limit signs are posted in the area right now, Adams said, but he had gotten numerous reports of drivers traveling at high speeds in the area.
“The people living in that area are concerned for the drivers’ safety and their own and their children’s safety,” Adams said.
Spring Hollow and Oak Hill are curved and hilly, Adams said, and a lower than average speed limit is warranted. Some of the complaints have suggested drivers purposely drive faster there for thrills and excitement.
“But it’s not safe,” Adams said.
Once the signs are posted, it will be at the state highway patrolman’s or deputy’s discretion to issue a warning ticket, especially when the signs are new and people are not used to having the signs posted. But, if the driver is going at a speed unsafe for conditions and exceeding other county and state speed limits, a ticket can be issued regardless.
Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said extra patrols can be assigned to the area to help make drivers aware of the reduced speed limit, and that it will be enforced. Adams said he would make a similar request to the Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol units in the area.
“We’ll ask for a grace period for a little while, but if drivers are going an unsafe speed it may not matter,” Adams said.
“This is something that’s enforceable and we can do it,” Grubbs said. “We need to get the message out to drivers they need to slow down.”