Learn How to Reduce Speeding in Neighborhoods with these helpful tips and resources. Most of us enjoy the opportunity to get out on the open road and drive fast every now and again, but a residential community is absolutely no place for reckless or unsafe driving. The presence of speeding in your community may well be something that worries you, especially if you have children who like to play outside. The question is, what—if anything—can be done about it?
As an individual, there are a few things you can do to help curb speeding. Probably the best thing you can do is simply to lead by example, driving at a reasonable pace any time you are in the neighborhood. Ignore honks or tailgaters; safety is far more important than appeasing reckless drivers! Something else you might consider is parking your car in the street. This might sound silly, but it’s true: Narrowing the road makes other drivers slow down.
Beyond that, the HOA board might take some slightly more drastic actions. Signage—‘Slow Down’ signs, in particular—can have an impact, though it will be important to check the community regulations and also to ensure there is a consensus of homeowners who want these signs to be posted.
More aggressive action can be taken, in the form of going to the local law enforcement and Public Works departments to have official intervention. This might mean speed bumps being put in, or it might mean having police ticket drivers in the neighborhood. The important thing, when approaching these departments, is to ensure that you have both a consensus and some kind of documentation of an ongoing problem. A petition, signed by all homeowners in the area, can make a big difference.
Speeding is a big problem in many neighborhoods, and there is no reason why you should feel unsafe—or worried about your children’s safety—in your own community. Our HOA professionals are standing by to help, so contact us if you have any further questions.