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Resident Posts Speed Safety Signs, County Tears Them Down

Speeding and accidents are on the rise, and a Midland County resident is trying to prevent that on her own street. But she's hitting some road bumps along the way. Alanna Quillen reports.
MIDLAND -- Speeding and accidents. It's happening practically all the time here in the Permian Basin.

And Kim Boyce is trying to do something about it. Since last year, the Midland County resident has been in a battle to try and get drivers to slow down on the road in front of her house.

Her technique? Street signs.

But now she's running into some road bumps with county officials.
   
"Just to give them the idea that my kids are gonna ride out of the driveway with a ball or on their bicycle," Boyce said.

However, as of Thursday, those signs have been ripped out of the ground by county officials.

"It was on my own property or my builder's property, who was aware they were they and was for the signs," Boyce said. "It's not affecting anyone else."

She was reassured by the county last year that speed was a problem on her street and that signs would be put up.

When that didn't happen, she spent $2,000 to put up her own signs in January.

The coutny road she lives on has no posted speed limit. She said she was told by the county that with no sign, it's automatically 60 miles per hour.

"They're gonna kill each other, kill my kids and kill everybody if they go 60 miles an hour," she said. "I'm blown away that the county feels the need to remove them, and here I am with my kids riding their bike in a 60 miles an hour free zone."

Motran president James Beauchamp says people are allowed to put up their own signs in their yard, but there are rules regarding the proper placement.

"Going back to the Highway Beautification Act in the 60s - back during the Johnson administration - there were a lot of rules about what could be placed in the right of way and what could not," he said. "And of course, that governs a lot of that."

The county said Boyce could put her signs back up, just feet away from where she originally had them. After the incident, she says they called her and tried to offer their own "slow down" signs for $35 a piece.

Big 2 News tried contacting Midland County Officials who deal with this specific matter for a comment, but they couldn't be reached.

She says either way, all she wants is a speed limit sign or a sign at all.

"I'll be honest," she said. "There's a lot of stuff going on in town and it was hard to believe that they were gonna pay all those people, our tax money, to remove my signs and were too busy to make me a speed limit sign."

She plans to call the offices first thing Monday morning to follow up on this incident.
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