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Speed Tables Slow Traffic in Residential Neighborhoods

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WAKE FOREST — Authorities have tried speed traps and speed bumps, and now, they are trying speed tables to get drivers to slow down before it is too late.

Wake Forest has three speed tables on Woodland Drive. Like speed bumps, they are 3 inches high, but the difference is the length. The raised pavement can stretch up to 14 feet.

"When a street becomes clogged during rush hour, people will find alternatives, and this is unfortunately one of those alternatives that they find," says Public Works Director Roe O'Donnell. "It's not an appropriate alternative. So if people want to use this street, this particular street, then they'll have to slow down."

Many of the neighbors were worried about their kids.

"We'd keep them back off the property line to ensure safety," says neighborhood resident Teresa Green. "When you see high school kids driving 65 miles through a residential area, it's a risk."

The town also wants to put speed tables on Wingate Street and on Vernon Avenue. The problem is, the neighbors are mixed. Some want speed tables; others say they are too much. The town board will try to work things out later this month.

Raleigh is considering speed tables, and so are some other communities. But they are not for everyone. A DOT engineer says that North Carolina law will not allow them on state-maintained roads.

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