Speed tables have been the answer
July 21, 2013 12:03 AM | 716 views | 1 1 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

It seems that most of the letters written to the editor concerning the speed tables in Whitlock Heights have been in opposition to the speed table project. My husband and I would like to present the positive side of this issue. When we moved into Whitlock Heights on Hickory Drive over 15 years ago, we had no idea that this section of Hickory was used as a “cut through” especially during rush hours, morning and night. The traffic was driving 50 mph or more, was very heavy and most vehicles were from out of our county. Even though we have several severe curves on this section of Hickory, the traffic moved much too fast and many times landed out of control in the neighbor’s yard, causing many police and ambulance calls.

Our immediate neighbors had many discussions about what we could do. Speed tables were discussed. The neighbors had many of the same concerns as those who oppose the speed tables. Wear and tear, police and emergency vehicles’ response time, imposition on our neighbors, unsightliness, and damage to our yards during installation were all concerns. Believe us, none of those concerns have been an issue.

We voted without conflict for the installation of the speed tables on Hickory from Powder Springs to Chestnut Hill, and to my knowledge the neighbors and police are very pleased with the outcome. Our office window faces one of the speed tables and traffic has been cut in half. Ninety percent of the traffic observes the tables, and certainly do the second time they pass.

For our problem, the speed tables have been the answer.

Sandy and Hugh White

Marietta

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August 02, 2013
Traffic has not been cut in half by your speed tables. Traffic has been displaced by your speed tables. The offending drivers are quite simply doing the same awful things in front of somebody else's house now.

Due to traffic displacement and new complaintants at city hall demanding speed humps for their roads where the displaced traffic rerouted itself, eventually we will have speed tables on every block of every road in the whole city.

Once we have covered the entire city with traffic displacement devices, they will no longer displace traffic and we will be back at Square One except with a bunch of humps for people to fling their SUVs over at 50mph because everyone will have supersized their vehicles so the speed tables do not matter.

How about instead we actually reduce the numbers of cars on our roads? That is the only solution to the problems with having cars on our roads.

The speed table "solution" only results in more megaSUV and F350 type vehicles in every driveway.

Let's not go that direction, please! We have enough of those atrocities on wheels already!

When will there be a memorial in Detroit for the hundreds of thousands of US Americans who have died as a result of someone's personal preference for driving a vehicle that is larger than necessary? Oh, um, never. That's when, because we don't talk about that.
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