School Zone Traffic Calming News

speed signSpeeding and ticketing, in school zones, has been making the news lately. Police officers around the country are busting drivers for speeding in areas around schools where limits are typically set between 15 and 25 miles per hour. In Springfield, Mo., law enforcement officers ticketed 50 drivers within the last month. And in St. Petersburg, Fla., city leaders are grappling with how to fix safety issues in school zones where 1,700 tickets are written a year and where lack of signage is an issue.

Officers recognize the stakes are high in school zones. Drivers traveling at 20 miles per hour need about 65 feet to stop which means there’s is not much time to avoid hitting a child.

Driver feedback signs from Radarsign® offer an ideal solution for speeding problems in school zones. The signs are effective, affordable and the impact is immediate. Police and sheriff departments tell us that school zones see great improvements after their Radarsign radar speed signs are installed. And, they avoid the controversies associated with red light cameras and are MUTCD compliant, which is important when considering signage issues.

According to Ron Lattanze, a parent and member of the Traffic Committee at The Raleigh School in Raleigh, N.C., Radarsign driver feedback signs have been a great fix. “During pick-up and drop-off times, 20% of the cars were speeding with some going as fast as 35 mph. After installing Radarsign’s driver feedback sign, only 8.5% are speeding, a 57% reduction!” says Ron Lattanze, Parent/Traffic Committee, The Raleigh School, Raleigh, N.C.

Officers also report where signs are posted, brake lights come on as soon as drivers see the signs. Radarsign driver feedback signs not only slow drivers down, which is much safer for children, they also make a big difference in regards to managing manpower assignments.  

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