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Old 10-14-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Speed bumps are very effective, but the red tape involved to get one usually takes years (literally).

Digital radar speed signs also have been proven to cause people to slow down as well. These are the signs you see with a digital readout and when you get close enough to them, they display the speed you're going, along with a sign showing the posted speed limit for that area above it. If you're speeding, the sign flashes your speed as a warning. They usually have solar panels that charge/recharge a battery. They actually do cause people to slow down - some out of fear police might be near, others it just reminds them how fast they're actually going. At a cost of several thousand dollars however, you won't get your local police to donate one to your neighborhood, however, there have been communities where neighbors pool all of their money together to buy one themselves, and the police seem to usually have no issues with people using them that way.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Atl
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I drove through Montgomery Village, MD and other parts of Maryland last week which had photo enforced speed cameras. Put those in ATL and alot of people will slow down seeing they have no choice.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:03 AM
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Speed bumps are very effective, but the red tape involved to get one usually takes years (literally).
In many cases, they also have to be paid for by the neighborhood that requests them. The cost doesn't come out of the general road/public works budget. Then, if the neighborhood decides they don't work and want to get rid of them, you have to pay the county to remove them.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Conyers, GA
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I drove through Montgomery Village, MD and other parts of Maryland last week which had photo enforced speed cameras. Put those in ATL and alot of people will slow down seeing they have no choice.
And trust that the municipality hasn't deliberately miscalibrated them? I don't think so! Keep that garbage away from Atlanta thank you very much.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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Speed bumps also tend to only work if you drive a Prius type car or a low riding import. Any truck can easily sail over them at 20-30 mph.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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Does not work. We have narrow winding roads in my neighborhood and there are plenty of speeders. Now we just don't see them coming until the last minute when they come around the curve.
I live at the top of a hill with a blind curve a people still speed. People speed on Dunwoody Club and it's nothing but blind curves.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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Speed bumps are very effective, but the red tape involved to get one usually takes years (literally).

Digital radar speed signs also have been proven to cause people to slow down as well. These are the signs you see with a digital readout and when you get close enough to them, they display the speed you're going, along with a sign showing the posted speed limit for that area above it. If you're speeding, the sign flashes your speed as a warning. They usually have solar panels that charge/recharge a battery. They actually do cause people to slow down - some out of fear police might be near, others it just reminds them how fast they're actually going. At a cost of several thousand dollars however, you won't get your local police to donate one to your neighborhood, however, there have been communities where neighbors pool all of their money together to buy one themselves, and the police seem to usually have no issues with people using them that way.
Those digital machines are very effective.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:37 AM
 
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You could try a "lane diet", where curbs temporarily taper in to create a two-way section that's merely 20 feet wide. This gives drivers the sense of being on an unnervingly narrow roadway and slows them down as a result. Then resume a normal section with parking on one or both sides or the street afterwards.

Wide roads often cause people to drive more recklessly, since they feel there are wide buffers between them and pedestrians/oncoming traffic.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:52 AM
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You could try a "lane diet", where curbs temporarily taper in to create a two-way section that's merely 20 feet wide.
These do work, but they cause an extremely dangerous environment for cyclists.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I suppose you can get some people from Alpharetta to drive though your neighborhood in their minivans.
They'll bring traffic to a virtual standstill.

Or there's a group of cyclists that pedal down hog mountain rd in south hall every saturday morning and they bring traffic to a standstill too.

Where I come from, cops can hide in the bushes so fake police cars or two posts with headlights or reflectors on them to look like a police car is there at night seemed like it would be pretty effective to me but I guess probably wouldn't work here. Heck, if you had speeders in your neighborhood, you could just call out the real po-pos. And they would gladly come and write tickets.

Not to break the golden rule and debate with a mod, but speed bumps have the opposite effect in my truck. The faster you go, the less you notice them. And as for those speed HUMPS the dot will put in on public streets, well... those are just plain fun to fly over. . Why would you ever want to slow down for those??? In a low-rider, maybe.
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