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Resident, police join to curb speeding on Marylhurst Drive


Barbara Langford put homemade signs up urging drivers to slow down

by: WEST LINN POLICE - Patrol cars were deployed to Marylhurst Drive last week to help curb speeding in the area. After seeing two dogs killed and countless more close calls, Barbara Langford recently decided to take the speeding issue on Marylhurst Drive into her own hands.

Langford and her family live on Midhill Drive, an aptly named side street that borders Marylhurst Drive in the Robinwood area. Though the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, Langford has seen cars traveling as fast as 60 miles per hour on their way down the steep hill. Fearing the worst — an adult or child being struck — Langford decided to put up neon green signs along the street that read “Kids at Play — 25 mph” and “Slow Down.”

She also called the West Linn Police Department, which prompted patrol officers to camp out for a short time to evaluate the problem.

“The signs did seem to help, as well as the West Linn police,” Langford said. “They have had their radar guns and have pulled several people over speeding up and down the hill.”

According to Officer Mike Francis, the patrols don’t technically constitute “selective traffic enforcement,” a technique that concentrates patrols in a specific area to bring speeds down, but they were similar in nature.

“For a brief period of time, people were slowed down,” Francis said. “That’s typical. ... It’s just about going in and focusing on those neighborhoods, moving on to another one and then rotating back. You have to go out there and take that complacency away.”

Though she noticed improvement, Langford does not plan to take the signs down anytime soon — even after the police asked on their Facebook page to “kindly remove them soon.”

The signs are technically in violation of the city’s sign ordinance, which dictates that they must be on private property and cannot be in the right of way.

“We get the frustration,” Francis said. “And we certainly understood when the signs went up, but we were also glad when they reached out to us. Let us go in there and do some enforcement.”

For those who might have similar speeding issues in their own neighborhood, Francis suggested either submitting a traffic complaint through the city’s website at westlinnoregon.gov/publicworks/traffic-control-requests or writing in through the department’s Facebook page: facebook.com/WestLinnPD.