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Slow Down Signage: Frequently Asked Questions and Road Safety Recommendations

Q. How can speeding be prevented in neighborhoods?


Speeding and rash driving in neighborhoods pose serious risks for residents as well as property. One way to tackle the issue is by building community support and understanding the risks of speeding. This can help in reducing member-related speeding instances. 

Measures such as implementing speed limits, installing speed control devices such as humps and warning/caution signs, and creating pavement and crosswalk markings can also help in improving neighborhood road safety. Ensuring adequate lighting to facilitate nighttime visibility can significantly limit the risks of bumps and crashes. 

Where the speeding problem is challenging to manage, or the other measures have failed, you may reach out to your local or state authority for help and guidance. 

Q. Are slow down signs effective in limiting vehicle speeds?


Slow down signs contribute towards improving road safety by alerting drivers to exercise caution. They need to be strategically placed around sensitive locations such as crosswalks and turns, schools and playgrounds, etc. The placement should be such that road users can easily spot the signs and within sufficient time be able to reduce the vehicle speed. 

Q. What are some ways to slow down traffic on busy roads?


There are several ways to control vehicular speed on busy roads, perhaps the most being effective being the presence of a traffic control officer where feasible. Another way is installing speed humps and creating roundabouts. 

Law enforcement agencies often utilize automated speed enforcement cameras to prevent speeding. Narrowing the roads is another common tactic used towards this end. Radar speed displays that calm traffic and also collect data are yet another tool used to deter speed violators. Installing slow down and speed limit signs is a common solution employed by authorities and communities. 

All these speed control measures have their own pros and cons, and their utility and feasibility vary across situations and road/traffic conditions. 

Q. Can slow speed signs be replaced with yield signs?


While slow speed signs are often used to prevent speeding in neighborhoods and around playgrounds and schools, yield signs are regulatory signs whose design and application are governed by the MUTCD. Where yield signs are put in place, they may not be replaced with slow speed signs, and using multiple signs together can lead to confusion and chaos. 

Additionally, yield signs are installed conditionally and after appropriate engineering study. These may not be installed just about anywhere.

Q. Is it legal to install slow-down signs on private streets?

While owners may install traffic advisory signs such as slow down signs on their property, the best way to go about it is to consult the local traffic control authority to ensure all regulations/guidelines are followed, and no laws are violated. Local city, county, or state ordinances usually prohibit installing your own signs on public property or regulatory/government installations like stop signs. These may also regulate the size of and other requirements for signs on private properties, and hence must be consulted and complied with as applicable.
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