It’s back to school time and that means lots of little kids running around. From morning and afternoon bus stops to burning after school energy, children and pets are out and about this time of the year.
Here are tips on how to curb speeding in your community:
1. Formal Signage
If speeding is a constant problem for your association, it may be time to inventory how many speed limit signs you have. Having clearly posted signage indicating acceptable speed limits is the first step in controlling speeding.
If you find that the signage in your association is lacking, it may be that a few more signs placed in the right spot(s) will do the trick!
If your association decides to install additional speed limit signs, be sure the new signage matches the aesthetics of your current signage. For example, if your association’s street signs are black wrought iron, you should consider erecting black wrought iron speed limit signs to ensure the aesthetics of your subdivision are maintained.
In the spirit of full transparency we can all admit that we have inadvertently exceeded speed limits from time to time, right?
Whether your tired from a long day at work or hurrying faster than you should to practice or an appointment, more often than not speeding is an unintentional offense that happens when people are caught up in various responsibilities. For this reason, a great way to address speeding is by effectively communicating with your neighbors.
When speeding is highlighted in a newsletter, email or other friendly form of communication, most people will (usually) happily oblige. After all, no-one wants to unintentionally injure anyone, especially a child or a pet.
At Gulf South Property Management speeding is a regular concern we hear from neighbors, especially those with younger children. Often times these concerns surround younger drivers (i.e. teenagers). Regular communication to homeowners (a/k/a the parents) is a great way to remind parents to remind their young drivers to be mindful of posted limits and the consequences that can flow from failing to do so.
3. Speed Detection Devices
A prominent means of letting everyone in the association know that the association is serious about addressing speeding issues is by installing a speed detection device.
Speed detection devices are larger electronic devices, usually mounted on a trailer. While they are not always sightly, when strategically placed in areas where speeding is a problem, these devices can help communicate to neighbors that the association is taking the issue seriously. The best part about speed detection devices is they are temporary.
They are a great way to make drivers aware of their current speeds and when the issue subsidies – they can be removed.
Depending on the model of the device you choose, speeds can be recorded and reported to the Board of Directors and/or the appropriate authorities. The goal of these devices is to bring speeding to the attention of the drivers in your subdivision without the financial strain of an actual ticket.
4. Stop Signs
Speeding seems to occur on longer stretches of road with no stop signs. If this is the case, speeding can be addressed by making a request of your local governing entity to erect additional stop signs in problem areas.
It should be noted that stop signs are “traffic control devices” under the law so associations may not simply erect them at their leisure. A request must be made to the appropriate agency and simply making the request does not guarantee the requested sign will be erected.
In most instances the responsible authority will usually set up speed detection/traffic assessment devices. These devices are inconspicuous and often go unnoticed by neighbors. They are designed to tally and record speeds and traffic in a particular area. That information is then digested by engineers for the city and a decision is made as to whether or not additional traffic control signage is warranted.
5. Law Enforcement
If all else fails, associations can enlist the help of local law enforcement to address speeding. Whether your association is gated or not, there are various ways that local law enforcement can assist associations in addressing speeding in their community.
Periodic and unannounced patrols are a great way to ensure offenders are held accountable for speeding infractions.
However, police officers do not give warnings. They usually sit in the areas of most concern and issue citations. The upside to this is that with social media at everyone’s finger tips news travels quickly that tickets are being given in the association. The downside to this option is that it can be costly to the association.
Speeding can be a matter of life and death
Combatting speeding in your community can often feel like a difficult and never-ending battle, but it is an important one. Creating a culture of safety in your community takes time, effort, and a consistent message. Various remedies are available and are worth exploring. Remember, it could save a life!
At Gulf South Property Management we have used these and other effective measures to help curb speeding in the communities we serve. Give us a call today to see how we can add value to your community!