Speeding occurs throughout Salt Lake County compromising neighborhood livability, creating noise and air pollution, causing difficulties for pedestrians and neighborhoods and most importantly jeopardizing the safety of children.
Traffic Calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users. The purpose of traffic calming is to reduce the speed and volume of traffic along a roadway to acceptable levels.
Salt Lake County Residents need to take responsibility for the quality of life issues in their own neighborhoods. One of the best forms of traffic calming is resident awareness. Studies have shown that the majority of the "speeders" in a neighborhood are adjacent property owners. If the neighbors make a concerted effort to slow down not only in their areas, but elsewhere, the majority of the neighborhood speeding problems could be solved.
Many residents have asked what they can do to reduce the speeding problem without the use of speed humps. Some of the methods used to reduce speeds in your neighborhood follow:
1. Request the County to analyze a street for traffic calming which will place them on a priority list based on speed, number of vehicles on the road, and pedestrian generators (schools, parks, etc). The higher the project is on the priority list the sooner the project can be completed when funds are available. A surcharge on motor vehicle moving violations provides annual funding.
Requests must be made in writing and include signatures from ten (10) different property owners adjacent to the roadway where the traffic calming is requested. Send Requests to:
Salt Lake County Engineering Division Attn: Transportation Engineer 2001 South State, N3100Salt Lake City, UT 84190
2. Create a Local Improvement District (LID) where the residents pay for traffic calming and the County installs it.