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City of Cumming approves speed ordinance
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Drivers in the city of Cumming might want to slow down.

At the Cumming City Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, council members voted 5-0 to approve a new speed zone ordinance within the city.

“The only change in this from the previous ordinance is adding routes since that time,” said City Administrator Phil Higgins.

Higgins said new roads would include Atlanta Highway, Market Place Boulevard and Lanier 400 Parkway.

The ordinance will next be reviewed by the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Per a letter from Georgia Department of Transportation, the speed limit signs and “speed checked by detection device signs” must be in place 30 days before city police can use radar. No speed detection is allowed until the city meets state requirements.

The plan includes a school zone for Cumming Elementary School.

This year, the city has been taking steps to be able to monitor speeds and write tickets, including using a speed detection trailer.

The city’s approval comes a week after Forsyth County Commissioners approved a new speed ordinance for the county.

Councilman Lewis Ledbetter joked with other members of the council to get ready for phone calls from city residents when they start getting tickets.

When Councilwoman Linda Ledbetter brought up that council members did not have the power to dismiss tickets he said, “I know, I just said get ready for the phone to ring.”