The Neighborhood Speed Watch Program is a public awareness program through which concerned citizens can take an active role in helping to change driver behavior on their neighborhood streets.
The Greensboro Department of Transportation will loan a radar / display unit to citizens so they can monitor speeds along their street. The unit displays the speed limit for the street and the travel speed of passing cars. As the participants record the speeds, they will get a true perception of what the travel speed is on their streets.
Often, drivers are unaware of their speed or of the impact their speed has on the residents they are passing. This type of real time awareness will encourage speeding motorists to slow down. Passing motorists will be left with the message that residents will not tolerate speeding in their neighborhood.
Why Should I Get Involved?
Requests for reduced speed limits in residential neighborhoods are the most frequent type received by GDOT. GDOT has a policy
for posting reduced speed limits on residential streets. However, posting reduced speed limits alone will not change driver behavior. Educating drivers and residents is equally important. Getting residents involved, since they are the primary travelers in their neighborhoods, will work to reduce the travel speed on these neighborhood streets. This educational process will lead residents and motorists who frequently travel on the road to work together to pay more attention to their speeds in neighborhoods.
Rules of Conduct
Stay out of the street
Participants should conduct the study from behind the street curb. Participants must wear the provided safety vests. Participants should have their vehicles parked away from the study area – on side streets or in private driveways.
Obey all traffic and pedestrian laws. Be courteous and exercise reasonable care
Do not argue with motorists who may stop or with other pedestrians. Instead, hand them a Speed Watch brochure and ask them to call the telephone number on the brochure if they have questions or objections to the program. Do not make gestures or verbal comments toward passing vehicles. Do not throw objects at vehicles or drivers. If confronted physically, your duty is to retreat. Do not fight.
Use common sense
Do not chase, attempt to stop, or apprehend drivers.
Do not encourage non-participants to be present
Only those persons completing the participant commitment form and signing the application form may participate in the speed watch study. A crowd of people on the sidewalk will only draw the attention of drivers and be counter-productive to the project.
Accurately represent the Speed Watch Program
The public may incorrectly assume that you are a representative of the City or a law enforcement officer, or that your actions will result in their receiving a traffic citation. You must make it clear that you are acting as a private citizen within the context of a City authorized program.
Download application for the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program
Interested? Contact Us at 373-CITY (2489)