First Year Solutions

Possible First Year Solutions

Neighborhood Signing
In most cases, speeding results from habit, not from an intentional decision to break the law, so short-term reminders to slow down are effective in getting people to change their driving behaviors. Lawn signs alert drivers to check their speeds. Individuals may request lawn signs (two per address) with traffic-calming messaging.

Brush Trims
The trimming and removal of brush by homeowners or County crews to allow better sight distance and pedestrian mobility. Request service

Posting of appropriate traffic control signs. These may include speed, no-parking, dead-end, school signs, etc.

Neighborhood Speed Watch Program
This program allows citizens the opportunity to check out a radar unit and record the speeds of vehicles traveling in their neighborhood. The registered owners are identified (through the Department of Motor Vehicles) and sent a confidential courtesy letter asking them to reduce their speeds. The letters are not citations, but reminders about the posted speed and the community's concern for safety.

Rumble Strips
The installation of raised buttons placed in a design sequence across the roadway, serving as a "wake up" call, alerting the motorist to an upcoming situation. These may be used in conjunction with curves, crosswalks, pavement legends, and warning or speed signs.

Speed Radar Trailer
A portable trailer equipped with a radar unit, which detects the speed of passing vehicles and displays it on a digital reader board. This device shows drivers their actual speed, rather than the posted speed, encouraging compliance.

Pavement Markings
The painting of legends, symbols and lines upon the pavement. These may include lane lines, edge lines, and school crossings.

Neighborhood Newsletter
This involves a personalized newsletter mailed to your community. The newsletter explains volumes and speeds in your area, recommended traffic calming measures, traffic laws, pedestrian safety, etc.

Target Enforcement
Increased enforcement by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. To leave a message requesting additional enforcement, citizens are encouraged to call 503-846-3998, ext. 1145 or submit the request online.