Man discovers wrong speed limit sign posted, gets ticket dismissed
SAN ANTONIO - The city of San Antonio admits it put up a sign with the wrong speed limit on it, and that it took more than four months before anyone noticed.
Since 1973, the speed limit along Eisenhauer Road between I-35 and Austin Highway has been 35 miles per hour.
But a spokesman for Transportation and Capital Improvements says one of its technicians replaced one of the 35 mph signs during routine maintenance back in July, accidentally swapping it out for a different sign that read 30 miles per hour.
"We don't know why it was (done) in error," said Paul Berry of TCI. "We're not sure if (the technician) didn't have a 35 mph sign or what. He no longer works here, so we don't know what his reasoning (was) for putting that sign up."
Sports radio host Jason Minnix, co-host of The Blitz on ESPN San Antonio, was actually the first person to alert the city about the sign after he got a speeding ticket in late October.
The radio station where Minnix works is located along Eisenhauer Road, so he knew something was wrong when an officer pulled him over and told him he was doing "41 in a 30".
"I said, 'Well, I’ll see you in court,'" Minnix recalled.
In early November, he called the city and told them he'd found a sign reading 30 miles per hour that looked out of place surrounded by signs reading 35 miles per hour.
The city confirmed the sign had been posted by mistake.
"As soon as we found out about it, we fixed the sign within hours," Berry said. "Nobody can remember this ever happening before, and there are some people who've been here quite a long time."
As for Minnix, he went to municipal court on Tuesday and soon learned that the prosecutor planned to dismiss his speeding ticket.
"Dismissed in the interest of justice," Minnix said while reading aloud from the paperwork he received from the judge. "Defendant provided information that posted sign was in error. It is 35 miles per hour. Not 30 miles per hour."
Still, what about those four months before anyone noticed?
"How many tickets were written incorrectly," Minnix wonders. "How many people did what I was originally going to do, just take deferred adjudication and not worry about it, or take defensive driving and not worry about it?"
The city wasn't able to track the number of speeding tickets issued during that four-month window from early July to early November. But, it's something people who did get tickets along that stretch of Eisenhauer during that time period will want to look into.