Brookhaven, GA, February 23, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Earlier this year, Brookhaven Police Chief and Interim City Manager, Gary Yandura, was notified by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that in order for his department to continue to use speed detection devices in the City of Brookhaven, the posted speed limit on Johnson Ferry Rd. and Ashford Dunwoody Rd. would need to be increased from 35 MPH to 40 MPH.
On Monday during Mayor Ernst’s Town Hall, the Chief explained that in actuality, the speeds on Johnson Ferry Rd. and Ashford Dunwoody Rd. has always been 40 MPH on the books at GDOT. The Chief said the signs however, were changed to 35 MPH by DeKalb for some reason – “perhaps to appease the neighbors.”
Once the DOT got wise to that, Brookhaven Police was notified and threatened with having their ability to use speed detection devices in the City revoked because of the roads having incorrect speed limit signs. According to the City, GDOT and DPS was going to pull the permit for the use of speed detection devices in the entire City, not just these two roads.
Chief Yandura said they are working to get a required study done and submitted to GDOT and DPS to have show why the speed limit should be changed back to 35 MPH. Effectively, the City has to prove that 35 MPH is the appropriate speed.
The speed limit changed did not impact the 25-mph school speed zones along Ashford Dunwoody Road at Montgomery Elementary School, Marist High School and St. Martins School.