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Old 03-28-2009, 06:45 PM
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I live on an old dead end camp road that is now paved and town maintained. It is so narrow that 2 cars have to slow down to a crawl in order to pass each other. There are no lines even painted on the street, it is about a 1/4 mile long, if that.

There is no posted speed limit and a blind hill directly in front of my house, you cant see whats on the other side.

My problem is that cars are FLYING down the road, 30-40 mph. I spend a lot of time in my yard and when I hear them coming I go to the edge of my yard and wave for them to slow down. It is mostly young kids so that doesnt go anywhere.

Tonight I was walking my dog and a kid came flying over the hill, I waved for him to slow down and he took off. I had enough, I was close enough to my truck to jump in and go down to his house. I got there and the kid is running inside.

Totally pissed I called the cops who told me to call public works and have them put a speed limit sign up.

Another neighbor down the street is so pissed he spray painted the road with "SLOW DOWN", so it is not just me being a d!ck about life, it is a legit problem.

I have a baby girl, my neighbor has 2 kids who are 7 and 9 years old and the other neighbor has a 1 year old. We all have dogs and walk the road everyday.

How would I get the town to put in a speed bump? Is it even possible?

Thanks for any advice.
Old 03-28-2009, 06:48 PM
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Have the cops set up a speed trap. You will slow the cars down and contribute your own stimulus.
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i'd accidentally spill some concrete (in the shape of a speed bump) on the road in front of my house.
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Heres the thing, I called the cops a year ago and nothing at all happened. I have a second driveway (for boat storage, boat goes in the water in 3 days) after that it would be perfect for the cops to run radar on these speeders as I am just over the blind hill. I just don't think they would do it.

I want to be legal about this and by putting my own speed bump in I would create a source of contention between the town and myself. I would rather have the town work with me/us to solve this problem.
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If you hear them coming go get in your truck and pull out in front of them and slowly drive down the road as if you were a Sunday driver. A few times of doing this they might get the hint.

Call the newspaper and news media let them come out and write a story about how the police arent doing anything.
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Actually I had forgotten this. The neighbor 2 houses down is a bit wild, he actually pulled right out in front of someone who always sped down the road, the guy actually hit him! This was 4-5 years back now. Nothing happened out of that either and the guy eventually moved who was speeding. Now we have new speeders.
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Did you go knock on the kids door or wait for his parents to come home and explain the situtation of Junior hauling ass down the road?? Maybe a handful of roofing nails if Junior doesnt get the hint. Got to protect your family.
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This sounds political. My first response would be to the town mayor or council if the PD was oblivious. There's a reason why the PD isn't doing something; either it's You or it's the people that live down the road.

There are a lot of ways to challenge speeding people; many of them not legal but pretty effective. You don't want to do these things if politics are leaning the other way...
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I'd caution you against the roofing nail solution or anything that might result in the kid having a bad accident or seeking revenge on you. Have you considered inviting the local police chief or sheriff over for burgers one evening? Let him park his cop car where its visible from the road.
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I'm all for an accidental concrete spill in the middle of the night...if it inadvertantly creates a suspension destroying shape, OFW!
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I am not going to do anything harmful to anyone or anything. Mom came to the window and looked outside after junior hauled ass inside then she left the window heading away from the door, I drove back up to my house.

My hope was that I scared the crap out of the kid, which I think I did since he was hauling ass inside. He knew there was a problem and I am sure mom asked why he was running inside and why that truck was in the driveway.

I am going to call the town works Monday to try to get them to put a speed limit sign up, then I can call the police as much as I want about the speed issues. I just hope that the town works are smart enough to put a 15 mph sign up and not a 25 mph one. If I back straight out of my driveway I will have blocked the entire road off and still have my front end on my own land, its that tight.

I am just wondering if I can get a speed bump put in. I just dont see an officer able to make an impact and if the town cant control the speeders, then they ought to install a device that will. Thats what I am thinking anyway- maybe I am off. It could be a temp one that can be removed in the winter or whatever.
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Just looked up their tax assessment information, they rent the house. It is interesting that the other problem house is also rented. No wonder they dont give a crap.
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accidental speed bumps that show up over nite do wonders...like when you go to lowes and and a bag of concrete falls off in the rain.....no posted speed limit..hard to get enforcement...needs owner enforcement from neighbors..some places have report aggressive drivers..write the license plate and call the non emergency number and report them..you are correct..the children or the peoples animals will get killed out there...do something now to stop it.........they sell speed bumps that are temporary..but i have feeling the teenagers would stela them
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Why not drive down to the local police station and talk it over with the head guy? Let him know that if they can't fix it then you will, ie: TV reports and such and also let them know you will pursue evey outlet to get out the fact that it could be deadly if they don't get control over it.

If all else fails then cameras on the road to capture the offenders should work.
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What the hell does people renting a house have ANYTHING to do with their outlook on life?

I am glad I don't live on the same road as you, you sure would be ticked at me! (and no, I don't rent and I've never had a speeding ticket either).
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I routinely walk in front of cars driving to fast on my street. Granted is a residential street so cars aren't going 40+ but If I'm in the front yard and hear them coming I'll go stand in the middle of the road and make them slow down. Most of the time it's someone not paying attention to their speed or talking on the cell and they apologize. Every once it awhile it's an idiot who honks or yells at me.
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Well, first off, if no speed survey has been done, then radar cannot be used on the road. LEO just can't set up radar camp anywhere they please.

Maybe your local LE is ignorant of the facts surrounding the road, therefore, they choose to do nothing about it. They might think it is a private road and they can't cite on private property.

Second, is it actually a county/city maintained road? Are there "mile markers" along the side of it? The lack of posted speed limit signs and striping might indicate not. Just because a surface was put down doesn't necessarily mean that the county/city has a vested interest in it. The redeveloment agency might have fronted the funds for the paving, but not anything further.

I'd first check with your Planning Dept and ascertain the ownership of the road. Then if it is publicly held, I'd go to that jurisdiction and find out how many signatures (or percentage of) it would take from the residents on the road to get speed bumps or humps (there is a difference) installed.

If it is a private road shared by the residents, I'd get together with them and see what can be done to put them in. Maybe if you own the portion in front of your property, then you can put bumps/humps there yourself.

Either way, your first step monday morning would be to find out who actually owns the road.

Good luck!
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Aboater has a good point. Local governments won't usually take over a road until it has been brought up to their standards, and it doesn't sound like this one does, as far a width goes. Everybody on the street may actually own to the centerline of the road.
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What the hell does people renting a house have ANYTHING to do with their outlook on life?

I am glad I don't live on the same road as you, you sure would be ticked at me! (and no, I don't rent and I've never had a speeding ticket either).
Most renters don't give two shits, as they have no vested interest in the neighborhood.
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I have to agree, without signage what law is it the cops are supposed to enforce?

When asking for speed signs to be installed, make sure a "proper" assessment is done. I would think you should be able to request a formal notification when the assessment is to be done and be present at the assessment. You and your neighbors should be able to have input given the fact you live right on the road.

If you talk to the cops, the city/ county and possibly the media about the dangers associated to your road and then something accidently gets attached to the road one way or the other and there is an accident caused by such affixed item(s), you my friend is the first person the cops and insurance company is going to be turning to. IMO you best start saving for legal fees.

Sad to say, but I think this is just a case of the 21st century is moving out to your neck of the woods.

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