Speeding Through Neighborhoods
Speeding can be one of the most dangerous things a person can do while behind the wheel. One in every six drivers gets pulled over for speeding and receives a ticket which accumulates to over 41 million tickets per year. Most speeding stops occur on active roads but everyone over looks speeding in neighborhoods and developments. I am sure that cops have pulled over people for speeding in neighborhoods but it is for sure a low percentage. I just feel it is necessary for police to give more attention to neighborhoods due to the fact that I see people speeding through my very own neighborhood every day.
Police will tend to just leave a speed tracker sign in neighborhoods when a report of people speeding comes in. That speeding tracker doesn’t do anything for a neighborhood because people will still continue to speed. Police are very strict with people speeding through areas where schools are located due to the kids during the day. Neighborhoods are basically 24 hour schools since kids are every where and are always playing outside. If you can pay close attention to school areas during the day I don’t see a problem with keeping a close watch on neighborhoods.
I understand that police have bigger items they need to worry about but people deserve to know that speeding is being controlled around where they live. I think that possibly keeping a police vehicle parked in neighborhoods even if the cop isn’t in the car will make speeding go down tremendously. The police vehicle itself will be enough to scare people into slowing themselves down. It is a creative way that will not cause the police to use any resources for a problem that may not be as big as the ones happening today. You could even put a camera inside the police vehicle that will be able to record people when they are speeding and give the speed they were doing.
Neighborhoods are super active every day and the speed limit of 25 is just too high. Lowering the speed limit to 15 and putting up signs all throughout the neighborhood saying “children playing” or “active people,” could really slow people down. You could argue that it’s a low percentage that something happens in neighborhood because of speeding but I disagree. My reasoning for disagreeing is that I have watched with my own eyes people almost get hit and they were just standing on the side of the road or grabbing mail. My neighbors dog was hit because of a speeding driver and it seems like no matter how much you complain little gets done. By lowering the speed limit you are telling people that 25 was not cutting it and the signs are relaying a message to drivers that a neighborhood is not a place to be speeding through.
In all people really deserve to have stricter speeding limits in their neighborhoods. The littlest things can go a long way. One sign or just one car can make the difference in a persons life. As a brother, a dog owner, and someone who wants to be a future parent I really want to see an increase in speed control in neighborhoods. If it can get under control now than that means it will only get better in the future. Having first hand experience and just believing in whats right for the people around me I just want to try and get through to police departments every where. No one in the world deserves to have a tragic accident happen to them possibly or someone around them due to speeding in a neighborhood.
- Traffic Ticket Statistics. (2019, October 1). Retrieved from https://jeffdavislawfirm.com/traffic-ticket-statistics/
1. Traffic fatalities in New Jersey. “Driver inattention is the primary cause.”
2. Speeding fatalities: In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users.
3. In New Jersey, driver inattention can be anything from improper cell phone use, rubber necking, turning to speak to a rear-seat passenger, or anything that can draw your attention away from the road. We remind motorists that exercising responsible driving habits and obeying traffic laws are the most effective ways to make New Jersey roads safer.
4. National Highway Traffic Safety Association
5. Institutional deterrence to achieve public good.
6. Automated Speed Enforcement Study
7. Increased Fines as a Deterrent?
8. Public Policy Speed Enforcement in France 10 Year Study