The city of Lake Saint Louis has adopted an ordinance that allows its police to enforce speed limits and drive regulations on private streets in Heritage at Hawks Ridge subdivision.
The city’s Board of Aldermen approved the ordinance at its July 2 meeting after hearing from City Police Chief Chris DiGiuseppi on efforts to combat speeding in the subdivision.
Existing city ordinances have a requirement that streets have to be publically maintained for ordinances regulating spending and careless and imprudent driving to be enforceable. The subdivision’s streets are private and not dedicated to the city. But DiGiuseppi said the requirement was not an impossible problem. Police enforce traffic regulations on private parking lots, he said.
“We mimicked an ordinance we use for public parking lots to maintain speeding and other traffic violations,” DiGiuseppi said.
He recommended that the subdivision reset its speed limit to 25 mph from 17 mph because there is no other lower speed limit on city streets. He also recommended that golf carts not be driven on the subdivision’s streets unless they have brake lights.