I confirmed today (3/19/2015) with a Town of Kiowa lady employee in the Town office via telephone that the speed limit through the Town of Kiowa westbound is still (as always) 35 mph unless the school zone is in effect lowering the speed limit further. One Kiowa town lady (a different lady)office employee incorrectly stated that the speed limit through the Town of Kiowa had been lowered to 25 mph all the time! If the town employees are confused about this signage, the drivers approaching the town from the east are also likely confused thus creating a potential for rear-end collisions at the eastern town border!
To further confuse drivers the town of Kiowa also added a school zone sign with the 20 mph speed limit posted as well at the same time. That sign is a day-glow yellow/green sign just visible in the above photos. The approach to Kiowa from the east has now become a sign forest!
Good News! The Town of Kiowa, CO has removed one of the confusing speed limit signs that could have caused accidents and driver irritation and frustration this past week! As of March 29, 2015 the "25 mph unless otherwise posted" sign has been removed! I applaud the Town of Kiowa for its recognition that these signs were/are confusing and irritating drivers and which could have easily resulted in an accident due to the growing sign forest on the east side of the town of Kiowa.
This seems to be a case of a small town overcompensating for its lack of noteriety by using its police to be overly aggressive and focus on 'enforcing' the letter of the law and disregarding the spirit of the law.
Why did the Town of Kiowa recently (February 2015) add this confusing 25 mph speed limit sign? Is it an attempt to purposefully cause drivers to slam on their brakes to slow immediately to 25 mph right after the larger 35 mph sign? Note the small print on bottom of the 25 mph sign which says "Unless Otherwise Posted". This means as far as I can tell that the county sign of 35 mph is deceptively being preempted by the Town of Kiowa sign of 25 mph even though the 35 mph county speed limit sign on the west side of Kiowa on the same Hwy 86 freeway remains 35 mph! Does this mean that west bound traffic through Kiowa is 25 mph while east bound traffic on the same stretch of road is 10 mph faster at 35 mph? Is this just another attempt to trap drivers into a lucrative speed fine? Confusing isn't it? I will attempt to get an answer from the town officials on this. Is this just an attempt by Town of Kiowa 'officials' to trick drivers into slowing to 25 mph always while approaching the school zone whether the 20 mph school zone speed limit is in effect or not while the actual speed limit is 35 mph as posted?
Below is another sign added by the town of Kiowa which is an additional sign recently added to the town border that is also confusing drivers as to whether or not the speed limit within the school zone is continuous or only in effect when another school zone light is flashing! For such a small town, Kiowa has a lot of signs on it's eastern border!
This sign was removed for one day which I believe was March 30, 2015 and then reinstalled on a higher post the following day! Just what is the Town of Kiowa, CO up to? No similar sign is posted on the other side of the school zone heading east bound through the town. The town of Kiowa 'officials' on the Board of Directors and Town Administrator seem determined to confuse drivers with duplicitous signage regarding the school zone speed limit.
The speed limit was also reduced 10 mph heading south from Kiowa on County Rd 45 as I understand it.
If you ask me, the Town has gone overboard on the school zone speed limit. Similar school zones in other towns such as the Town of Parker, CO have no such excessively low speed limits on major busy streets with school entrances and sidewalks adjacent to busy roads. The school on Hilltop Rd, and Tallman Rd in Parker has a very busy divided 4-lane highway passing by its entrance with the school building being very close to the highway and yet its speed limit is 35 mph even during school hours when the school zone is in effect! I don't think that the Parker school is any less concerned about student safety due to highway traffic than is the Town of Kiowa.
If you ask me, the Town of Kiowa uses the school zone speed limits to generate revenue from speeding tickets which seems to be the primary function of the Kiowa Police! This is a Barney warning!
This is what the Kiowa school zone looks like on a typical day as you drive into town from the east on Hwy 86 when the school zone is not in effect. The school zone looks the same in terms of students walking to and from school in the cross walk except for very brief periods. Interestingly, the school owns the sidewalk in front of the school next to Hwy 86 so it is not a public sidewalk per se.
The below video shows Kiowa police doing what they do best. Write speeding tickets and asking drivers if they have any weapons in their vehicles!
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