Speed Awareness in Three Steps
Step 1 - EDUCATIONEducation is the first step in this program, and comprised of several options designed to raise motorist awareness of speeding concerns in your neighborhood. By simply raising awareness of a driver's speed, you may quickly notice reduced traffic speeds in your neighborhood.
Speed Awareness Trailers (required)
Neighborhood speed awareness trailers will be placed in neighborhoods where there is speeding concern. The solar-powered trailers (pictured at right), equipped with a radar unit that tracks and displays motorists' speed, will remain in neighborhoods for several days. By simply raising motorist awareness - via displaying vehicle speeds - most neighborhoods will notice reduced traffic speeds. Speed trailers cannot be placed on private property (for example, in gated communities).
Citizen Radar Tracking (Optional)
If Step 1 fails to reduce or prevent speeding, residents from the neighborhood may obtain a hand-held radar unit to monitor traffic and record vital motorist information. Speeding motorists will be sent a letter, not a ticket, from the city informing them of the violation and requesting they obey neighborhood posted speed limits.
Neighborhood Signs (Optional)
Signs provided by the city can be placed by the residents in their yard outside the city right-of-way (typically 10' back from the edge of the pavement) for up to 30 days. This notifies drivers that the speeding concerns are those of the residents, not just the city.
Step 2 - ENFORCEMENT
While heightened awareness may be all that is needed for most Scottsdale neighborhoods, some areas may require the Police to monitor traffic and issue tickets to speeding motorists.
Step 3 - ENGINEERING
To complete step three, obtain a Neighborhood Traffic Management Interest Form, and have it signed by at least 10 residents along your street. The city's Traffic Engineering division will then study neighborhood traffic conditions, apply minimum criteria, and determine if the street qualifies for the program. The information reviewed typically includes speeds, volumes, direct residential frontage, schools, pedestrians, and sidewalks.
The Traffic Engineering Division will meet with the neighborhood to discuss options such as:
- Signing, striping, and continuation of the Education and Enforcement efforts
- Speed Humps on local streets
- Speed tables, traffic circles and choker islands on local and minor collector streets