Q Can you try to highlight the basic concept of residential area speeding? I've grown frustrated the attitude that its OK to speed on my street because people are a hurry. There are kids playing on all of these streets, and I realize that the SJPD is very busy, but blatant Silly Valley rush speeding combined with my wife's panic attacks when my kids go out front is tough on everyone. Well its tough on all of my neighbors. There are 16-plus kids within yelling distance.. Someone once put out a yellow folding plastic "caution kids" sign only to have it run over. Really?
Who does that?
A Speeding in neighborhood streets is a HUGE Roadshow complaint.
Q The Good:
SJPD put out one of their "how fast are you really going" mobile speed units on our street, and it was great. It was closer to the end the street, so folks could not see it and have time to speed up. This was in front of our house so we could see the faces of people as the sign lit up 40+mph to shame them. Reactions were hysterical.
First is the panic, Oh no, did I get caught? Then brake hard and fast, and think they're clear. After a couple of weeks of this the regular cut-through-traffic went down, and things were much calmer.
A But then ...
Q The Bad:
Once it was removed, it was back to NASCAR! The now famous Foxworthy Avenue mine field between Meridian and Ross forces people through other side streets. Many people seem to feel rushed and speed with no regard to local residents, only braking right before the stop sign. I see this style everywhere, but its really bad when the speed limit is 25 and there are kids. It should not matter if its 2 a.m. or noon on Saturday!
The real issue seems to be that folks drive a lot of newer quiet and quick cars these days. I'm now driving a 2014 MDX which is very misleading regarding the perception of speed and before you know it your doing 50 in a 35. Oops, careful now!
We all need to be more courteous when driving in these areas. My own kindergarten age twins know what that word means (first rule of kindergarten) and how being courteous is easy and kind. What's wrong with all of these adults?
A The final straw came when ...
Q There was a teen on a fast motorcycle that I heard come down our street (many times) at full throttle). One day I stood out there to wave him down. He flew by and stopped at the end of the street, and I yelled "slow down" and some other words of course. His response was to burn rubber 3 or 4 times and verbally challenged me to a duel, with me in my Honda Pilot? Wow. He never did come back down our street, but I do hear that busy bee still buzzing elsewhere occasionally.
A I wish the city could bring back its photo radar program, but that has been ruled illegal.