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…

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Mama Luke
Mama Luke
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:56 pm

Why didn’t they put one down by the projects? Fancy sign only for rich area?

Reply to  Mama Luke
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:20 pm

I can give you a few reasons;
1. you must be able to read
2. it can only be programed to show 1 language at a time
3. the town doesn’t want it stolen
5.[quote comment=”203480″]Why didn’t they put one down by the projects? Fancy sign only for rich area?[/quote]

Reply to  escaped68
Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:06 pm

This may be one of the funniest things I have ever read on H411 Thanks escaped68[quote comment=”203484″]I can give you a few reasons;1. you must be able to read2. it can only be programed to show 1 language at a time3. the town doesn’t want it stolen4.5.[/quote]

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:42 pm

It doesn’t make much sense that they removed the speed bumps today either, which was the only thing that slowing down traffic. I guess they figure that sign will do it all.

Word on street is that the sign is magic. It not only beams radiation into every passing car, but also sends everyone going over 20 tickets, not the actual speed limit of 25.
20 IS plenty.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 5:12 pm

The electronic speed sign on Hackensack Plank road gets me to drive slower. Still, by slower I mean under 40mph. Going 25mph down that road is impossible unless you put it in low gear.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:09 pm

I saw one driver so interested in the sign that they almost hit a pedestrian. People are idiots.

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