Rigid Criteria Leaves Neighborhood Vulnerable

Speed HumpTo ensure equitable allocation of resources, municipalities have established criteria for determining where they implement traffic calming measures. To concerned citizens, some of these rules can seem arbitrary, especially when considering that it only takes one speeding motorist to maim or kill a pedestrian or cyclist. One Las Vegas neighborhood is questioning these guidelines. Speeding motorists are cutting through their neighborhood to avoid traffic signals along the busy Decatur corridor. Looking for a solution, residents submitted a request to the city for traffic calming measures, specifically speed humps.

City officials reviewed the request and determined that the street did not meet the criteria. Residents are upset by the city’s lack of action. They are concerned that it is only a matter of time before a tragedy occurs in their neighborhood. Situations like this demand that municipalities and concerned residents work together to find affordable and effective traffic-calming measures to keep citizens safe. Unfortunately, speed humps may not be the solution that residents or the city want.  Radar speed signs could make an immediate, life-saving difference.  As we have reported before, driver feedback signs from Radarsign® are so economical that some neighborhood associations have purchased and installed them without using municipal resources. Plus, driver feedback signs have virtually no maintenance expense and will perform for years without the unintended consequences of speed humps.

Charlie Robeson: Radarsign® Co-founder & Director of Sales and Marketing