Electronic Speed Sign on 15th Street
Speed deterrents: effective without enforcement?
It’s my belief that most of the people who drive using common sense and limited distractions do not need signs to remind them of their surroundings. The rest of the angry, rushed and pre-occupied drivers probably don’t even recognize most signs peppered around the city.
While some may argue that we should spare no expense to make our streets safer – in the end, you still need enforcement to send a resounding message to those that disregard the law and others around them.
I’m sure some of you have seen this electronic speed sign installed near 15th and Bloomfield uptown. Was a bit hard to gauge whether it had any real effect since I checked it out during a relatively crowded rush hour. Some cars went so fast it didn’t even register, other sensible people allowed turning cars to pass through – and even more vehicles didn’t even stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk – despite multiple reflective neon-yellow signage. Traffic coming the other direction didn’t have a sign.
Again – it’ll never be fully effective until you have constant enforcement.
Tip: To avoid this cluster-fock uptown – try heading to 11th & Willow…