Posted 11/15/2012 06:02 (#2698127 - in reply to #2698029) Subject: Re: Speeding ticket
One of the things to consider when designing roads is the drivers perception. If the road is wide open with minimal "distractions" - shopping centers, schools, etc - then there is an expected speed limit. If these things are present, then the road should have various features incorporated (e.g. a winding curve, narrower asphalt, curb and gutter, lighting). In other words, having an abrupt speed change on a road that "feels" 35mph is not good road design.
Maybe you were in a school zone? At any rate, what I would do is pay the fine, but then I would talk to the civic works department, and ask if this speed reduction is a short term thing, or a solution to an ongoing problem. If it is, have them consider more subtle ways of introducing the speed change.