Update: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Speed limit signs in the westbound lanes of Kellogg, from Greenwich to Webb, were changed to 55 mph Thursday morning.
For several years, the signs have been incorrectly marked at 45 mph.
Most drivers who have been ticketed in that stretch while it was mis-marked, will not get their money back.
The following is a statement released by Sharon Dickgrafe, Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Wichita Department of Law.
"There is no legal method for the city to unilaterally set aside prior convictions for these citations.
Individuals who have been previously convicted, would need to file a motion with the court asking that a municipal court judge set aside the conviction.
Individuals with pending citations, should contact the city prosecutor's office with their name and ticket number. The Department of Law will verify the location of the ticket, and it will be dismissed."
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
For years, vehicles heading west on Kellogg, toward Webb Road, have been prompted to slow down to 45 mph once they hit the Greenwich/Kellogg intersection.
Recent findings show the legal speed limit in the westbound lanes, from Greenwich to Webb, is actually 55 mph.
Thursday, the city will change the mistake, and the signs.
Some motorists say it is a good idea.
"I think it should be 55. It's kind of congested through there. It would speed things up in the morning on the way to work," said Doug Spaulding, Rose Hill.
In more than five years, Wichita Police have issued more than 560 tickets in that single stretch of Kellogg, while the 45 mph limit was posted.
At least one third of those tickets, were given to motorists who were driving less than 55 mph.
Should the nearly $60,000 spent on court costs and fines be paid back to drivers?
Some say no.
"Whatever is the posted speed limit on the road is the speed limit people should be driving, regardless of what they think, or somebody says the speed limit should be," said Andy Garrett, Wichita.
"They should quit whining about it, and drive what the sign says, and pay their fine if they didn't."
If you are one of the drivers who received a ticket in that stretch of Kellogg, the city says its hope is to be able to refund any fees for tickets that have not made it through the court system.
For those that have, you may be out of luck.