The hazards from drivers who choose to exceed the speed limit in a neighborhood can be controlled with modified paths for streets, methods for monitoring the traffic and more posted signs. The posted signs can be used to alert the drivers about a local speed limit. The modified paths for the streets and methods for observing the traffic can be used to identify the drivers who are exceeding the speed limit. Residents can control the problem with three simple methods.
Method 1: Posted Signs
With more posted signs, drivers can be quickly informed about the local speed limit on all of the streets in a neighborhood. Residents could request a lower speed limit from government officials if the current speed limit has been a contributing factor for traffic accidents and injuries, such as injuries to children who had been riding bicycles or playing near a sidewalk.
Objectives for Posted Signs
The posted signs should be easily visible and should not be blocked by a tree limb or a pole. If some signs are posted at every intersection in a neighborhood, then drivers would not be confused about the local speed limit. The intersections are the places where a driver could have possibly entered a neighborhood from a high-speed street that had several driving lanes for the traffic.
Method 2: Obstacles and Street Designs for Slower Traffic
The design of the path for a road can be used to slow down the traffic, such as with speed bumps, a traffic circle or a chicane. Speed bumps are above the surface of a road. Traffic circles are positioned at an intersection and can encourage a driver to slow down while driving around the circle toward an exit street. The curves for a chicane can encourage a driver to use a slower speed.
Objectives for the Obstacles and Street Designs for Slower Traffic
The initial objective for intentionally using obstacles and curves on a road is to encourage a driver to use a slower speed because the street design is not safe for a vehicle that is moving at a fast speed. The curves for a chicane and a traffic circle could cause a vehicle that is moving at a fast speed to suddenly roll over or to slide off the road. A car that is moving at a fast speed would sharply bounce at a speed bump.
Method 3: Monitor the Traffic
If the drivers are not motivated to use a slower driving speed after encountering posted signs and obstacles, then the drivers could be observed by persons who are assigned to watch the roads with speed radar detectors and video surveillance equipment. Drivers who are habitually speeding in a neighborhood can be identified, especially by a police officer who has been assigned to park near a street.
Objectives for Monitoring the Traffic
The primary objectives for monitoring the traffic are to identify and stop those drivers who are intentionally speeding through a neighborhood. Speed radar detectors are used to display the speed of a vehicle while video surveillance equipment is used to identify the vehicle, such as from the information on the license plate or from the number on the vehicle. Commercial vehicles, such as cargo vans and taxis, usually have a vehicle number on a door or a rear bumper.
One of the key factors for controlling a problem is to initially report the problem to the residents, a neighborhood block-watch group and to government officials in a community, such as to a local police department. With more public information, there can be a stronger effort from more residents who do want to control the problem. In some neighborhoods, there are simply not have enough posted signs for alerting the drivers about a local speed limit.
Top Priority for a Safe Community
The drivers who do speed through a neighborhood may not be noticed until there is an unfortunate traffic accident. If some residents take immediate action to control the local speeding problems, then the potential traffic accidents and potential injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians could be prevented with some simple methods. The social responsibility for controlling a problem is shared by the members of a community.