Do speeding deterrents work?
Have drivers become numb?
In case you’re stuck in your apartment, or just pay attention to your Facebook updates on your Blackberry or iPhone – there are a couple speeding deterrents uptown (and possibly a few more installed elsewhere that I’m unaware of).
It seems the city is smartening up – and at least trying to combat the irresponsible drivers that abuse the streets of Hoboken. Below are photos of a radar sign installation spotted at 11th and Bloomfield last weekend – as well as a simple warning message board at 15th and Hudson.
- It’s my belief that – while lowering the speed of motor vehicles is generally in everyone’s best interest – that the person that typically slows down for a radar sign – is usually responsible and attentive enough to understand the dangers and risks of driving in an urban area – and is least likely to be involved in a MVA.
- Without enforcement of speeding, those that perpetually break the law – will continue to do so. I witnessed many cars completely ignore the radar sign.
- The warning sign – while a positive step – was installed in a particularly odd location. I know the Hudson Tea Building has families and children, but only small percentage of cars coming into Hoboken from the north will see this sign. Two of these units should be installed at the southbound base of both uptown bridges, as well as the Viaduct coming east from Jersey City Heights for maximum impact.
- I’m a bit curious about the “Zero Tolerance” message displayed – does Hoboken have radar units spread throughout the city? I don’t think “speeding tickets” are issued all that often.
Overall, however – I think any attempt at deterring speeding and reckless driving in Hoboken is a positive action. Equally important though, is communicating a similar message to PEDESTRIANS that think they’re invincible and also ignore traffic signals or cross busy roads when they’re not supposed to. Any sensible human being knows the “tale of the tape” when it comes to “two ton vehicle vs. single obnoxious pedestrian.”
The vehicle has an amazing winning percentage.