Neighborhood Speeding Campaign Kicks Off
“Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here”
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, FCPD leaders and dozens of homeowner association and Neighborhood Watch residents gathered today to kick off a new community-wide speed initiative at the FCPD driver training track in Chantilly.
The new campaign “Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here” effort aims to make people more alert of the dangers of neighborhood speeding. Funds have been allocated to address the speed issue from educational and enforcement perspectives.
The Police Department is purchasing eight new radar messaging signs that will be deployed across problem speed spots in the County. These devices alert a motorist as to the speed they are traveling and are designed for increased awareness and education. They will be mounted to posted speed limit signs. Additional campaign elements include a new neighborhood toolkit, to include
yard signs with the campaign logo and a series of public service announcement videos for residents to show and share. More information may be found on a new, interactive webpage, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/slowdown/
At today’s kickoff, there were a series of demonstrations which depicted how a driver’s response time and distance are impacted by a vehicle’s speed. Media and attendees had the opportunity to drive and ride in cars traveling at 25, 35, 45 or 55 mph. They became aware of the necessary, but often unrealized, skills required for drivers to avoid striking typical unforeseen neighborhood hazards such as bicyclists, animals, or children that may suddenly dart into their path. The point of the exercise? Speed matters.
The comprehensive campaign also included a communitywide speed perception survey. Of the 2,185 responses, over 80% agreed that speed is a problem in their neighborhoods and 77% felt that people are driving too fast. 80% are worried about speeding cars striking neighborhood children. More survey results can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-57QHJVZ8/.
Additionally, the Police Department launched roadway speed calculations at various spots on neighborhood roadways across the county between June 30 and August 6. Results showed that there were portions of area roadways where well over 50% of motorists were traveling more than 10 mph over posted speed limits.
Braddock District Supervisor, John C. Cook, spearheaded the effort as a result of many years of concerns he received from concerned residents in the communities he serves. “This is about making our neighborhoods safer,” said Cook. “We are hoping for voluntary compliance with speed and traffic laws, as well as a better understanding of how we can work together to combat neighborhood speeding.” Cook proposed a Board Matter on June 19, 2012 that was co-sponsored by Supervisors Hyland and McKay to look into possible ways to help curb neighborhood speeding. Approximately $150,000. was allocated to the campaign.
Look for more information, coming to your neighborhood soon. Remember, “Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here.”