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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January 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

I walk with my son to school off Wieuca road near Lenox mall. Concerned about the overwhelming disregard for the 25-mile school-zone speed limit, I went to the Zone 2 Police precinct and requested that there be a patrol during the school start and end schedule to discourage speeding. The police officer I spoke with said it was hopeless to attempt to control speeders and that drivers will go back to speeding once they don’t see any police cars. I can’t tell you how upset that made me. Apparently, going after speeders isn’t as glamorous as going after other types of criminals. Well, it only takes one kid getting run over by a car…then will speeding in school zones/residential areas be considered criminal? However, I saw the same policeman directing traffic on Piedmont during rushhour. It seems that there’s more concern for traffic flow than there is for traffic enforcement.
I’ve seen so much–last year I saw a driver pass the school bus, but not on the driver’s side. It passed on the same side as the door where the kids were getting on. And I’m not so sure those speed humps work.


January 31st, 2012
3:42 pm

Amazed at the many drivers who ride in people’s blind spot as if it is a “their” problem and not me being careless….and so what if I’m on my cellphone…you people are just haters because you can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.


January 31st, 2012
10:13 am

Reckless driving should be the only moving violation. Get rid of speeding, failure to maintain lane, and all the other nonsense.

Boss Hawg

January 31st, 2012
9:49 am

Abolish all speed limits.

ragnar danneskjold

January 31st, 2012
9:17 am

I would abolish all speeding laws, as that is a self-correcting behavior. Drive too fast, they die.


January 31st, 2012
8:38 am

What amazes me is the “Moms’ picking up kids at school who disregard the speed limits for school zones.

Bill Johnson

January 31st, 2012
8:31 am

I hate speeding in the neighborhood. It’s teens, but mostly mommies, cellphone in the ear, disregarding everyone else’s safety for their convenience.

Clue: If only those mommies would wake up. It’s not like no one speeds in front of their kids, no? Turnabout kills us all.

And then mommie will run the stop sign in leaving the subdivision to get in front of me and mysteriously go slow.


January 31st, 2012
7:20 am

Speed bumps work on me, every time.


January 31st, 2012
7:14 am

Speed breaking bumps are the only solution. There is not enough adequate manpower for law enforcement. We can’t even control the posted speed limit on our main thoroughfares.

Don’t even get me started on the distracted drivers.


January 31st, 2012
5:09 am

My experience is that people who go less than the speed limit and block traffic in self righteousness are more of a problem. I see so many people going under ther limit but can’t seem to stay in their own lane or use turn signals or follow any other traffic rules except speed.