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Why Won't They Just Slow Down?

Education, enforcement and engineering controls all help to address speeding issues

  • 3 August 2018
  • Author: J Domis
  • Number of views: 1507
Why Won't They Just Slow Down?

The topic of high-speed driving is definitely on a lot of people's radar screens (pun intended).  Whether you live in a quiet, residential neighborhood or travel down the interstate it is likely there has been a time or two when you have wondered if some drivers actually have an upper limit to their driving speeds.  The issue of speed on our county road system can generate a lot of interest by concerned citizens quickly.  Read on to see what you might do to help.

There are many resources available to people who are concerned about speeding.  Speed zones along roads are set by the Oregon Department of Transportation which helps ensure consistency across the state.  That being said, our department many times has a role in addressing concerns about speeding vehicles and we have a webpage devoted to the issue of signing and speed zones.

As mentioned in the subtitle of this article, there are three approaches to properly handling speeding along roadways, and like a 3-legged stool it takes all three to keep things standing up and working well.

  • Education - this can take many forms, but is primarily focused on changing driver behavior by presenting a message of safe driving practices and why they are so important.  It can also involve feedback such as signs which are linked to radar guns and show actual speeds compared to posted speed limits.
  • Enforcement - while this can seem like an easy way to solve the problem, the reality is the Sheriff's staff can't cover everywhere.  They also can't sit and wait for the occasional speeder which may (or may not) come traveling through the area.
  • Engineering - this can include signs and other approaches to improve the safety of the roadway.  In certain circumstances a well-placed sign can help the situation significantly.

Speeding vehicles are a safety hazard and it is worth working on this issue into the future.  Thank you in advance for taking the time to study the information on our website and learn more about how this safety issue can be approached. 

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