New York State lawmakers considering plan that would allow towns to set speed limits on local roads

When Dennis Eberline built his house on Sugar Bush Drive in LaFayette 28 years ago, he only had a few neighbors. Now the area is built up with more houses and more traffic. The speed limit is set at 30 but Eberline says he sees cars come off a nearby hill onto the straightaway section of the road at high speeds.

They're doing 40, 50 miles an hours some of them coming by the house - and it's just too fast for a residential neighborhood," said Eberline.

Eberline asked the town of LaFayette to lower the speed limit to 25 but was told the town needs to go through a lengthy processes of petitioning the D.O.T. to change any local speed limits.

"The less red tape, the less paperwork we have, I think it should be a town issue because we all have to live here and try to get along together," said Eberline.

80 large suburban towns like Salina, Cicero and Geddes are exempt from the rule. In March, the New York State Senate approved new legislation that would allow all town to set speed limits on local roads. LaFayette Supervisor Bill McConnell says the law would cut through a lot of red tape.

"We live here, every town has an idea of what the road structure is, the needs and the restrictions," said McConnell.

Eberline made his own sign reminding drivers coming off the hill of the 30 mile an hour speed limit. He's hoping the speed limit - and his own sign - will change sometime soon.

The legislation was approved in the State Senate but still needs to be approved in the State Assembly.