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Community Monitoring

Neighborhood speed watch programs, a traffic-related variation of neighborhood watch or crime watch programs, encourage citizens to take an active role in changing driver behavior on their neighborhood streets by helping raise public awareness and educate drivers about the negative impact of speeding. In these programs, residents concerned with speeding traffic in their neighborhood use this educational program to inform motorists they are speeding. Neighborhood representatives are loaned a radar gun by SDOT to record speeds and identify chronic speeders. The City will send letters to drivers traveling more than 30 mph, reminding them of the importance of obeying the 25 mph speed limit, and that children and pedestrians are endangered by high speeds. Participation in the Neighborhood Speed Watch program helps to document traffic speeds and volumes on a street, and is recommended as a first step before considering other traffic control devices.

Though some residents feel that such monitoring is time consuming, people who have participated in such programs feel it is a worthwhile educational program, helping citizens understand the speeding issues in their neighborhoods and encouraging motorists to drive more slowly. Click here for more information.

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