Florida Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad got a speeding ticket for doing 44 in a 35 mph zone. Soon afterwards, the Department conducted a speed survey of the road, and raised the speed limit:
Police used driveways, side-streets, and a strip mall to catch speeding motorists. And then one night police stopped the wrong guy. State DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. He was cited for doing 44 in a 35. “I was at fault, so she wrote the ticket and I did the driver’s ed. All is good”, says Prasad. He added, “started getting a lot of phone calls about people getting ticketed going through that stretch”.
He ordered a study.
The mathematically weighted study came back saying the road could handle a limit of 47 miles per hour. “Our study did show that it was artificially constrained”, says Prasad.
The city complained, saying the higher limit went against their efforts to create a walkable environment. Prasad prevailed the road is now posted at 45.
Business owners say the police have disappeared. “We haven’t seen them recently. Not since last six months”, says BJ Joshi, business owner.
Reporter: “That’s when they changed the limit”.