Community problems & solutions

What is a neighborhood speed watch program?

Neighborhood Speed Watch programs, a traffic-related variation of Neighborhood Watch or Crime Watch, encourage citizens to take an active role in changing driver behavior on their neighborhood streets by helping raise public awareness and educate drivers about the negative impact of speeding.

What is an active speed monitor?

Active speed monitors are permanent devices to keep drivers aware of their speeds and the need to slow down near schools. They are typically mounted on a speed limit sign and visually display drivers' real-time speeds as they pass. Drivers see how fast they are actually driving compared to the posted speed limit. Some active speed monitors are solar-powered.

What methods are used by law enforcement?

A variety of law enforcement methods can help change unsafe behaviors, making walking and bicycling safer and more attractive for children and their parents.

Some law enforcement methods include:
Speed trailer
Active speed monitor

What is the role of a law enforcement officer in Safe Routes to School programs ?

From conducting education and enforcement campaigns to identifying unsafe conditions, law enforcement officers can play multiple roles in SRTS programs. Law enforcement officers see first hand the consequences of motor vehicle crashes. They also see first hand the behaviors that cause these consequences.

Is speeding really a big problem?

Just a 10 mph difference in speed can be critical to whether a pedestrian lives or dies when struck by a car. This is especially true for children and older pedestrians. A driver may not think going 10 mph over the speed limit will be noticeably less safe, but at 20 mph, a pedestrian has about a 5 percent chance of dying if he is hit by a car. At 30 mph, the chance of dying increases to roughly 45 percent. If a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle traveling 40 mph, the risk of dying increases to 85 percent.(1)