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Monday, July 28, 2014

Neighborhood Traffic Control

The City of Wilmington is addressing the issue of speeding in residential neighborhoods. New technology allows the Police Department to better target when and where speeding occurs without having to place officers in locations for hours at a time. These new tools and a 5-step strategy will help the city change driver behavior in area neighborhoods:

  1. Collect neighborhood speeding data with the use of a small radar attached to a pole or sign. The radar monitors and records traffic data.
      
  2. Next, the city will send residents a letter containing a report of data collected in their neighborhood from the radar such as traffic volume, percentage of traffic 1-9 mph over the speed limit and percentage of traffic 10+ mph over the speed limit.

     View the letter sent to residents of Long Leaf Hills
      
  3. Using the data collected, police officers will target enforcement during the peak speeding times. Additionally, speed minder signs like the one pictured to the right will be posted temporarily to remind drivers about the area speed limit.
      
  4. After increasing speed limit awareness in the neighborhood, a second speed study will be conducted to determine the program's effectiveness.
      
  5. Approximately 3 months after the study is complete, all data and results of the study will be posted on this web page. Steps for further action, if warranted, will also be available.

The city is currently targeting traffic in the Long Leaf Hills neighborhood.  

Did you know
  • Traffic lights in Wilmington are timed using the speed limit, so motorists are more likely to get green lights on Oleander Dr. or College Rd. by driving the speed limit and speeders are only racing to get to the red light.
  • Going 10 mph over the speed limit only saves less than 120 seconds if you are traveling 5 miles (average distance traveled in Wilmington is 2-6 miles).
  • Speeding is the second leading cause of all fatal car crashes.

     Example of speed minder sign

  

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