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  • jet Jan 16, 6:58 p.m.

    Put speedtrap cameras on school bus's and in front of schools. Violating school zones should get jail time.

    Double the speed limit on freeways to 120 for cars. Give them a place to speed. If they kill themselves It will help with the unemployment rate and bring insurance money into the economy.

    Thats my vote.

  • V-Vet 72-75 Jan 16, 4:49 p.m.

    While thier enforcing speed laws, how about enforcing other traffic laws such as: Running stop signs and red lights, texting and talking on your cell phone while driving. Maybe certain LEO's should obey these laws as well.

  • Not_Time_Yet Jan 16, 4:45 p.m.

    "I see the speeding cameras being the next step"
    Crumps Br0ther
    January 16, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    Actually I'm ok with the cameras issuing speeding tickets. Could work the same as the new tollroad system, just send them the bill. A couple dozen speeding cameras would certainly be less expensive than a hundred police officers writing 10 tickets per hour.

  • Marty King Jan 16, 4:17 p.m.

    Spend 10 minutes on Tarboro and New Bern and you will see that it is one of the worst racetracks in Raleigh, especially during school zone times.

  • godnessgracious2 Jan 16, 4:02 p.m.

    I thought they bought all those BMW motorcylces for traffic enforcement? Why aren't they giving out more tickets? I think RPD has forgotten about '8 you're great and 9 you're mine' Now they only seem to care if you go twenty over.

  • anonemoose Jan 16, 3:37 p.m.

    Let's try this one in court....

    Speeding 15 over is a $50.00 fine and costs.

    Want it reduced to Improper Equipment or 9 over to avoid insurance points? Then stipulate to a $250 fine (goes to the schools) and pay the schools rather than your insurance company. The court still gets it's costs.

  • dmccall Jan 16, 3:16 p.m.

    The placement of speed bumps on secondary thoroughfares in N. Raleigh is EXTREMELY irritating. If the City placed them at their will, they have introduced an unnecessary burden. If the immediate neighbors initiated their installation, then they DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to burden the rest of the neighborhood.

    Streets are a public trust, and a land owner should not have the right to burden the rest of his neighborhood like this, especially when the situation has been in place, without incident, for 50 years. If you don't want to live on a busy street, then don't move onto a busy street.

    The bumps on Northbrook Drive and Rowan are particularly irritating. The posted speed is 25mph, but there is no way one can cross at that speed and not damage their personal property. If the City wants us to drive 25 through there, then put agents that slow the traffic to that speed, not 15.

    My horn will blow while crossing ALL speed bumps.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 1:45 p.m.

    As the article states traffic fines don't work to curb speeding since most are reduced to court cost. So the question becomes how to get the attention of the speeders

    Not_Time_Yet

    In Germany that have cameras they set up in parked cars thast look like they are broken down or tbhey just set the tripod up along the sides of the roads. These are not the red light cameras mind you, these are portable, and they will light you up if you are speeding. Since the red light cams have been turned off and Cary will be losing all the fine money from them. I see the speeding cameras being the next step to recoup some of that low hanging fruit revenue they're going to be losing

  • Not_Time_Yet Jan 16, 12:26 p.m.

    Driving a car is one of the most dangerous things we do, mainly because of other ignorant drivers. So many people drive insanely fast with their only thought is to go faster. That kind of speed puts those drivers that want to stay near the posted speed limit in a danger.

    As the article states traffic fines don't work to curb speeding since most are reduced to court cost. So the question becomes how to get the attention of the speeders. I would suggest a system of increasing fines(moderate to extremely high for multiple offenses) and mandatory safe driving courses with each citation. Failure to complete the required safety course in the specified time would result in confiscation of the drivers license and vehicle.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jan 16, 12:10 p.m.

    Especially considering that the major roads have countless stop lights (Capital, Glenwood, Wake Forest/Falls of the Neuse, Western), what is the point of speeding? I try to go the speed limit, I nearly get run over. Yet, at the next stop light, I almost always pull up next to the person who nearly ran me over.

    I use Wade Avenue a lot, and I'd personally like to see the city crack down on semis that use that road. Wade isn't designed to handle semis, and that bogs the traffic.

    Lastly, I live around the Rose Garden. People speed around the curve and fly down the street. Just because it was once a race track doesn't mean you should speed around that road. I lot of people walk & run on around that area, and if you hit a pedestrian, you should go to jail. Period.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 12:03 p.m.

    This initiative is designed to put money in local gov coffers and the insurance companies. I actually agree with CrumpsBr0ther on this. I understand some drivers are slowpokes, but get over to the right. If anything cops should enforce lane discipline and turn signals.
    goldenosprey

    Cool dude. Im sure we're both not total jurks and could have some beers as long we keep politics out of it. If we can agree on a few simple things, so can other folks, its a start.

    I think a lot of people get in the right lane and do the speed limit is because there is no other traffic around them in that lane. Like I said there are people out there that are absolutely terrified being behind the wheel and those are the ones holding the rest of us up.

    Ok back to disagreeing with you and telling you how wrong you are ;)

  • goldenosprey Jan 16, 11:30 a.m.

    This initiative is designed to put money in local gov coffers and the insurance companies. I actually agree with CrumpsBr0ther on this. I understand some drivers are slowpokes, but get over to the right. If anything cops should enforce lane discipline and turn signals.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 16, 10:27 a.m.

    The problem is not enforcement, but rather judicial. I thought I saw the 77% of the speeding tickets were reduced to under 10 over or to "improper equipment". If the offenders were properly tried without legal shenanigans and then made to pay the fine, court costs, and insurance points - then maybe the problem would be reduced. In fact, it might reduce my insurance costs.

    Seriously, if you feel entitled to do more than 10 over the speed limit, then you need to have your license revoked and your head examined. The laws of physics catch up to you very quickly. Doing 75 in a 65 means 33% more kinetic energy to dissipate with your brakes or your face. Unfortunately those pesky physics laws have consequences for everyone else on the road "in your way" too.

  • barnzez Jan 16, 10:15 a.m.

    People who cut through residental areas do need to slow down but for the traffic on major roads let's don't forget the ones who drive slower in the left lane and refuses to get over and car after car has to get around them. They won't stay with the rest of the traffic in front of them, probably 3 or 4 car lengths and the people in the right lane passes them and the rest of the traffic behind the slower driver just keeps getting farther and farther behind. Whatever speed I'm doing, if someone comes up behind me going faster, I get over.

  • heelsgirl05 Jan 16, 10:05 a.m.

    this is a huge waste of time and money. the cops need to be out and enforce the limits, especially on 540 between glenwood and 264 (pretty much the entire stretch of the highway.) This also goes for the city streets to and pull over people who do 10 under the limit. I drive 540 alot and I am passed by people doing at least 80 and I am going around 75! I am in the middle lane but cant go to the right because people there are going 60, but people are flying by on my left at 85!

  • venitapeyton Jan 16, 9:41 a.m.

    A survey of how many people? Who? Which zip codes?

    Let's hope Council does not ignore staff's concerns about speed bumps, lowered response time and higher repair costs for emergency vehicles.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 9:04 a.m.

    Many drivers have to make up lost time for the ones that drive 5 to 10mph under the speed limit and ride side by side down multiple lane roads. Police should give tickets out to them because they are obstructing traffic flow.
    idontthinkso5

    THIS!

    I hate the rolling roadblock because the one on the left doesnt have enough stones to go over the speed limit to pass the guy on his right to get out of the way. If you're one of the folks who does the rolling roadblock do this you need to DIAF.

    I also notice a lot of people on the road look genuinly uncomfortable or down right terrified to be in traffic. If it bothers you that bad, take the bus

  • 27615 Jan 16, 8:59 a.m.

    slow drivers...move out of the way!

  • idontthinkso5 Jan 16, 8:27 a.m.

    Many drivers have to make up lost time for the ones that drive 5 to 10mph under the speed limit and ride side by side down multiple lane roads. Police should give tickets out to them because they are obstructing traffic flow.

  • Honesty first Jan 16, 8:20 a.m.

    Check out the new speed humps on Northbrook Drive. If you go 15 mPH your teeth will be chipped. I called and the guy in charge said they were built to Federal specifications and had been inspected. I guess that is why they now are replacing some of them. Yankee guy sure acted like he knew everything in the Street Dept. Guess this was the first time he was wrong.

  • LocalYokel Jan 16, 8:06 a.m.

    13,000 speeding tickets is an average of 6 tickets per Raleigh police district a day. That is a joke. That rate is 10 times too low to be effective at changing behavior of drivers. The police are not doing their jobs AND traffic court punishment is light.

    A driver educational campaign will not help much. Who will city council put in charge of the driver education - John Tedesco?

    Lets face it, people already know speeding is bad and choose to do it anyway. People understand economics and authority and those things are powerful motivators. The traffic enforcement needs to step up and the the punishment should be more severe or we will keep spilling blood on our streets.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 8:06 a.m.

    why do they always enforce the low hanging fruit laws and let others go by the wayside, illegal immigration for example. Oh I get it! They let illegals have licenses so they can bust them for speeding! It's a cash grab as usual!

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 16, 8:04 a.m.

    Its just seems like Im speeding because you are all driving so slow! And start using your darn turn signals, you wouldn't buy a car without them, so use em! I cannot believe that there are brand new Escalades and Mercedes on the road and their turn signals dont work! You paid all that money for luxury and its defective. Just because you are in one of those vehicals doesnt make you important enough for me to know what you are going to do next.

  • shawnwhipple Jan 15, 7:55 p.m.

    So the study said that most people DON'T THINK speeding is a problem (only 34% said it was a problem in residential areas, and lower percentages on main roads), and yet the council feels the need to fix it.

  • gopack1999 Jan 15, 7:47 p.m.

    One of the major problems with Raleigh is the constantly changing speed limits on any given road. You can be on Falls or Atlantic, for example, and the speed limit will change 4 times in the stretch of a mile. It's ridiculous because there are many times where there seems to be no reason for it. (and I'm not even including school speed limits during certain hours of the day)

  • ncpilot2 Jan 15, 7:45 p.m.

    It took a study to tell them that? Wonder how much that set the taxpayer back. That money could have better been utilized to hire another police officer dedicated to traffic patrol and giving tickets to speeders.

  • Save It Jan 15, 7:45 p.m.

    34,16, 13 and 12%. Far less than a majority on any question and the city council considers a "measure to implement a campaign". Want to see a waste of time...look no further than the Raleigh City Council. What? No money to spend on a shiny new building downtown so let's find a vocal minority to declare speeding a problem and get down to generating some revenue.

    How about a campaign against slow drivers who impede the flow of traffic and cause most people more problems than speeding drivers ever real. Whoa...did I almost let reality get in the way of a revenue plan?

  • trianglerelic Jan 15, 7:44 p.m.

    What seems to be the problem here? Just Ban Speeding..
    Hey, if it works for NY, why not here.

  • homefree Jan 15, 7:25 p.m.

    lol...really. Why don't they take one of the 5 off capital blvd. in Wake Forest and let them patrol the neighborhoods instead of the major roads a few days a week. Or put gigantic speed bumps in so when the emergency services needs to get to your house during an emergency they take a extra 5 minutes to get there.

  • bacchianm Jan 15, 7:23 p.m.

    LOL, it took a study to show that speeding is a problem in this area? All one has to do is sit on the six forks overpass over 540 or 440 and see the crazy nascar wannabe's in this city drive. I drive 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on 440, 540 and 264 and i have my car doors blown off on a regular basis by 18 wheelers, dump trucks, 1 ton trucks, mini vans etc.. Another thing, why do they even check to see if your turn signals work during inspection when no one uses them around here. The drivers in Raleigh are lacking in driving intelligence. they need to crack down and crack down hard on drivers driving over 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.

  • jacklibby Jan 15, 7:18 p.m.

    Put the motorcycle units back on traffic enforcement! In years past, they were very effective and even lowered the fatality rate in Raleigh.

  • jrfergerson Jan 15, 7:14 p.m.

    If the fines for a speeding ticket was 6 points on insurance and a hefty $500 fine - PEPOLE WOULD DEFINATELY SLOWN DOWn - but a slap on the wrist is all one gets from the courts therefore nothing changes.

  • chrisnrali Jan 15, 7:08 p.m.

    "almost literally" ?

  • ljwhitmire Jan 15, 7:05 p.m.

    This is just a "we're getting ready to collect some more taxes at gun point" warning. If writing speeding tickets seem not to work, then why do they keep doing it? Oh yeah, because of the money!

    Highway engineers have known forever that the way the road is built governs the "natural" speed limit. If you don't want people driving fast, then make them uncomfortable, make the road more narrow and curvy.

    Instead the city builds long, straight, wide boulevards that encourage people to drive fast. You can write tickets until the cows come home, and as already stated, nothing will change. You can't have it both ways. Either you want a road to carry a heavy traffic load, or you want people to drive slow.

    It's time to give up the ruse that writing tickets do anything and instead start building roads for the purpose they are meant for.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 15, 6:54 p.m.

    Where I live, all residential streets have a 20 mph speed limit. This in addition to an aggressive police force will eliminate most speeding through residential street.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 15, 6:50 p.m.

    Raleigh must be short on revenue collections.

  • anti-Mako II Jan 15, 6:45 p.m.

    People really do need to slow down in the neighborhoods. And while I dont want blockers on highways, 25-30 MPH is not good either.

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