Speed Awareness Program

The Speed Awareness Program is a three-step program designed to reduce neighborhood traffic speeds by increasing motorist awareness. The following are reasons why the program may be initiated:

  • Vehicles traveling faster than the speed limit in your neighborhood
  • A high number of traffic accidents in your neighborhood
  • Pedestrian safety

The Speed Awareness Program is for two-lane residential streets only, and not designed for major streets (e.g., Shea Blvd., Scottsdale Rd.). Speed trailers cannot be placed on private property (e.g., gated communities).

Requests for assistance on major streets should be directed to the Transportation Department or the Scottsdale Police.

Program Requirements

Residents participating in the program must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a Scottsdale resident
  • Possess a valid photo identification
  • Agree to and comply with program rules
  • Have at least one additional volunteer willing to assist with stage two of the program

How to Get Started

To get your neighborhood started in the program, please call 480-312-2277 (CARS).

Three-Step Speed Awareness Program

Step 1 -  Education

The first step, education, is designed to raise motorist awareness of their speeds and speeding concerns in your neighborhood.  By simply raising awareness, you may quickly notice reduced traffic speeds in your neighborhood.

VMDSpeedLimitSignSpeed Awareness Trailers (required)
Neighborhood speed-awareness trailers will be placed in neighborhoods where there is a 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  of their speeds, most neighborhoods will notice reduced traffic speeds.  Please note that 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 police to monitor traffic and issue tickets to speeding motorists.

Step 3 - Engineering

saimage4After completing the Speed Awareness Phase, if residents still feel their quality of life is impacted by traffic, they can ask that their street be evaluated for engineering solutions based on the city of Scottsdale's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Transportation 
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251  
P: 480-312-7250
TDD: 480-312-5419
F:  480-312-4000

Traffic Engineering
P: 480-312-7250

Street Operations
P: 480-312-5620

Traffic Management Center 
P: 480-312-7777 (6 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays)
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