I routinely receive complaints from residents throughout the city complaining about speeding and other traffic problems. Problems in this area are typically addressed one of three ways; Engineering, Enforcement, and/or Education.
The city, county, and state try to engineer roads in ways that help facilitate the efficient and safe flow of traffic through thoughtful connection of roadways and neighborhoods. Sometimes despite officials’ best efforts, situations are created where additional engineering solutions need to be explored.
We will typically place speed trailers in problem areas or areas where requests from residents are made. The trailers are meant to educate residents and the motoring public about the posted speed limit and encourage them to slow down. Based upon the data from the speed trailers, we will follow up in the area and run “radar” and issue citations or educate motorists.
Lastly, the police department can partner with residents in an education effort. When a community works together to commit to creating safer neighborhoods and educate neighbors, lasting change can take place. The police department designed the 4S Pledge, which encourages our residents to:
STOP AT ALL STOP LIGHTS AND STOP SIGNS
STAY OFF YOUR PHONE
Flyers with the 4S pledge can be distributed throughout your neighborhood to start the conversation about traffic safety and residents can sign the pledge on our website.
By taking the 4S Pledge we are agreeing to abide by these four simple rules. I am convinced that if we do this, we will reduce accidents, protect our children, ourselves, and our families as we travel in and around our city.
If you are interested in helping with the 4S Pledge as part of a comprehensive traffic safety effort, please contact the police department’s traffic unit at 801-446-HELP (4357).
Chief Jeff CarrTake 4S Pledge Here