or they get lost in the clutter when many signs occupy the same space. Deployment of permanent or temporary “Your Speed” radar-enabled signs, such as those found in EZ-Pass toll lanes, can be a more effective way to get drivers to watch their speed. The City of Garfield installed permanent feedback signs at eight public schools and one parochial school in 2005. In Burlington County, permanent “Your Speed” signs near schools are turned on by school administrators during school hours and left off on evenings and weekends.
Evaluation is an ongoing process involving monitoring outcomes and documenting trends through data collection both before and after your speed control program has been implemented. These pre- and post-intervention speed studies will help to determine if the speed control program has been effective in reducing speed and what changes may be necessary for the program to expand and remain successful into the future.
Even with all of these strategies, it is important to continually reinforce the message about the need to slow down. Any campaign to reduce speeds should be reinvigorated every few months by reminding all motorists of the importance of slowing down. We all can play a role in this effort—starting with slowing down ourselves.
Success Stories – “Burlington County Engineers Work with Local Schools.”
NJ DOT Resolution, Application, and Agreement for State Aid to Counties and Municipalities – “(Garfield) City-Wide School Safety Program – Phase III”
United Kingdom Department of Environment and Transportation, “Killing Speed & Saving Lives.” London, England, 1997. (from Mean Streets 2002, Surface Transportation Policy Partnership)
Donna Cioffi – Chairperson of Bergen County Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Chapter