1/31: How to control residential speeding?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

It seems everyone’s in a hurry on metro Atlanta roads, and not just on the highways. Speeding continues to be a problem on residential roads, in your neighborhood and mine.

Today, I talk with three insiders about the complexities of traffic-calming plans, and a neighborhood leader writes about his frustrations trying to get help.

What’s your experience with speeding in your neighborhood?

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February 1st, 2012
2:21 pm


January 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

Apparently, going after speeders isn’t as glamorous as going after other types of criminals.

In Atlanta I would definitely prefer the cops focusing on actual real crimes. You’re extremely selfish for demanding the police concentrate on finding speeders near your own precious, white children.


January 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

Part of the problem is low tech – too few, or no, speed limit signs. Out here in the burbs there are roads where you can drive for miles and not see a posted speed limit, all the while your asking yourself what the hell is the speed limit here, am I speeding or being a slowpoke? Lots of people, you don’t tell them the speed limit they’ll make one up.


January 31st, 2012
7:07 pm

Not only does this supposed “neighborhood speeding problem” not actually exist, but I object to the way the discussion was framed claiming it so! Why? Because Howell Mill Road is NOT a “neighborhood street,” but rather an arterial road and a major North-South corridor in Buckhead (one of only two, the other being Northside Drive). Traffic on Howell Mill is not “cut through” traffic; it is legitimate traffic that has no alternative except making a huge detour or zig-zagging through actual neighborhood streets.

The two possible solutions to this “problem” are actually really simple: Either widen Howell Mill to four lanes and make it officially the arterial highway that it already is in practice, or bulldoze a new arterial road though those neighborhoods.

Or maybe, just maybe, those folks could accept the fact that they bought houses on a major road and quit whining about it!


January 31st, 2012
6:53 pm

The only things that will work are increased police presence or speed humps. In my neighborhood, someone convinced the city to erect unnecessary stop signs, even though the city engineer said they were not appropriate (do you put up stop signs on interstates to control speeding?).

So now, the already law-abiding stop and the speeders simply run the sign. I run it too and use the time saved to not speed!