When discussing traffic enforcement issues in the City of Oakley, the common remark I hear is: “They’re going too fast through my neighborhood.” In this fast pace world in which we live some drivers appear to view posted speed limits as merely a suggestion and not the law. California state law sets the speed limit in residential neighborhoods at 25 miles per hour; however, it is OK to drive slower than that. With the idea of getting drivers to slow down I took to the Internet to see what other communities have done or are doing and I found a number of Slow Down campaigns being run in various communities across the country.
Studies and enforcement data history indicate that the majority of speeding on local roads is done by drivers who live in those neighborhoods; so, a community education campaign that includes articles in the local newspapers, social media, the City’s weekly Oakley Outreach email blast, Next Door, Engage in Oakley, posters at community gathering places and yard signs reminding people to slow down can be very effective at increasing awareness and reducing speeds.
I’ve asked Oakley City staff to put together a SLOW DOWN OAKLEY program to present to the Council at a future meeting. Your thoughts and ideas would be appreciated – please email your ideas and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time-lapse video shows four cars attempting to stop at the same spot at different speeds:
– Car A: 25 mph
– Car B: 35 mph
– Car C: 45 mph
– Car D: 55 mph