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South Bethlehem speed limit examined

Supervisor Sam Messina said he's open to considering an even lower speed limit, but noted town staff had already done a study on the road.

"This is one of those things when I want to do it well," Messina said. "I don't know what further study we're going to do without spending money on it."

Schmidt said figures from Albany County shows that 85 percent of traffic travels the road at 55 mph, and advised against dropping the speed limit below what people are willing to travel because that does not usually act as a deterrent.

"If you dropped it down too low, people are just going to drive faster," he said. "I think you'd find a lot more people tailgating and creating troubles that way."

While the public hearing was closed Wednesday, if the town decides to pursue a lower speed limit another public hearing may have to be scheduled, since it would be a significant change to the proposed law.

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