With so many precious residents, ranging from children and the elderly to beloved pets, it
is no surprise that one of the most frequent complaints received by the Transportation Department is speeding on residential streets. There are a number of reasons why speeding occurs in residential areas including: lack of education, unawareness, auto-pilot driving, and blatant disregard. Speeding is not viewed as a serious offense in our society and many of our neighbors aren’t educated on the dangers of speeding. Distributing a friendly reminder with some statistics may prove effective in your neighborhood. For example, when hit by a vehicle traveling at 20 mph 9 out of 10 pedestrians will survive, at 30 mph only 5 of the 10 will survive, and at 40 mph only 1 of the 10 pedestrians will survive. A lack of signage may also lend itself to high speeds. Discuss posting signs throughout the community to remind drivers what the speed limit is and trigger awareness in your neighborhood. Another potential cause of speeding in the community is what social psychologists call the “auto-pilot” effect. The streets in our communities are familiar, comfortable path ways home and drivers often switch into an auto-pilot mindset and forget to monitor their speed in neighborhoods. Often speed limit violators are unaware they are doing so. Your community may discuss urging the local public works department to install radar signs that show drivers how fast they are going and how to adjust their speed.
If these tactics are ineffective you may have to take a firmer stance on speeding and install traffic calming devices such as speed bumps, rotaries, raised crosswalks, or bike lanes. Your Board of Directors and Leland Management take the safety of our residents seriously and encourage you to speak up if you see a potentially dangerous situation in your community.
For more ways to prevent speeding in your community visit http://peds.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/neighborhood_speeding_flyer.pdf.