Do you notice drivers becoming more dangerous on your suburban streets?
The other day I saw the aftermath of an enormous crash I heard: a semi and truck colliding. A few days later I saw the aftermath of a baby deer, a fawn, hit and killed by a speeding driver. And everyday I see and hear speeders and dangerous drivers in my pleasant, tree-lined, suburban neighbourhood.
Well, instead of leaving it to the law, neighbours are started to take the law in their own hands – legally. It’s called the Speedwatch Program and it’s sponsored by MPI.
A neighbour emailed me, “The driving appears to be getting worse in the area… excessive speeds, passing cars and school busses…I could probably list a number of things that I have seen and I am sure that many could add to the list. A number of residents have said that it is really bad overnight. The roads are treated like a highway. I had an email this morning from someone who said that his neighbours are considering moving because of the overnight noise.” [sic]
The Speedwatch program started on her street. Now MPI sponsors the program and provides the radar speed sign board, with step-by-step instructions for implementing the program. These neighbours have committed to at least 10 hours of recording. The stats will then be given to MPI. While watching them gather data this morning, I did notice cars slow – for the sign. If you take away the sign, would they speed up again?
Would you like to start this in your neighbourhood? Do you think it can finally help make a positive difference? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.