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Fed Up with Electronic Speed Limit Signs?

Somebody unscrewed a sign on Indian Valley Road and left it sitting next to the road. Could it be a fed-up neighbor?

Somebody got fed up enough with one of those flashing electronic speed limit signs that he — or several people — put it out of commission.

Who knows, maybe it was just a teen prank.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department got wind of a downed sign on Indian Valley Road near the corner of Bloom Lane on Friday morning, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew. Another officer checked it out Sunday evening to find the sign by the side of the road with no evidence that there was a traffic collision, he added.

Bartholomew said it appeared the sign was just unscrewed and laid down, and it didn't appear that the sheriff's office took a vandalism report on it. If it is not damaged and thus not resulting in a monetary loss, there's a chance no vandalism report would be filed, he said.

The Indian Valley area is in an unincorporated part of Novato, giving the sheriff's office and CHP jurisdiction rather than the .

How do you feel about these signs? If you're a law-abiding driver, you never see them flashing at you as a reminder to slow down. If you're always in a hurry or simply impatient, you're being flashed several times a day by these signs.

Vote in our poll and leave a comment.

Novato Resident January 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Solar panel is still there... whoever laid it down was obviously careful not to damage it. I think it's probably more an act of conscientious aesthetics than vandalism.
Brent Ainsworth January 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
If anybody out on Indian Valley Road can provide an update, that would be great. Did somebody come along and fix it?
c.richards January 31, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I could definately be wrong ,but I have the feeling the placement of the signs is determined by resident complaints of speeders in the area.
Tom Ryan January 31, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I live on IVR, and we need the signs to remind people to slow down. If residents don't like the sign where it is, they can put it in front of my house!
Megan Cooper March 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I'd say the vast majority of people trigger the signs to flash - most of the time they're going less than five miles over the speed limit. If police responded to every time the speed limit signs were tripped, we'd be wasting their time and taxpayer money.

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