Do Speeding Drivers Put Neighborhood Families At Risk? [Block Talk]

March 16, 2023 0 By JohnValbyNation

ACROSS AMERICA — The start of daylight saving time means many of us, both adults and kids, are spending more time outside in the evenings, whether we’re taking walks or bike rides or just playing in the yard.

A surge in risky driving behavior — including texting, speeding on highways and residential streets, running red lights, driving drunk or high — never completely disappeared after the pandemic. Couple that with the fact that for years before the pandemic, speeding in residential areas has been one of the most common sources of complaints to local police authorities, according to the Justice Department.

Fast, careless driving is a problem. For Block Talk, Patch’s exclusive neighborhood etiquette column, we’re turning to readers for advice on what to do about drivers who show little regard for the safety of the neighborhood. Just fill out the form below. And don’t worry — we won’t collect your email address.

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Some solutions to slow down residential traffic include petitioning the town or city for lower speed limits (and a portable radar feedback system to gather the information to make your case), traffic-calming devices or “slow down, children at play” and similar signs that, while typically nonbinding, reflect the code of the neighborhood.
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Block Talk is a regular Patch feature offering real-world advice from readers on how to resolve everyday neighborhood problems. If you have a neighborhood etiquette question or problem you’d like for us to consider, email, with Block Talk as the subject line.

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