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How to Slow Cars Down that Speed in School Zones

Updated on September 8, 2012

School Zones Need Help

school crosswalks are not safe
school crosswalks are not safe

In South America

Traveling in South and Central America was an interesting experience to say the least. Driving there was even a bigger challenge. The roads are rough in many areas and they don't have the lights in the small towns that we do. They are very cleaver though and use the technology they do have very well. The simplicity of some of the solutions to problems is quite ingenious and I not only salute their ingenuity, but I think in North America, their solution to speeding should be copied by every school.

While driving along the highway upon entering a small town, you are forced to slow down. Obviously they have had real challenges in the past getting cars to follow the speed limit, so at the beginning and end of town there is a speed bump, a very large speed bump. After going over one speed bump and not slowing down you never do it again. As a matter of fact there are speed bumps in front of stores, restaurants and gas stations along areas of high speed traffic zones. You learn to look for the speed bump signs, and you always stay alert when you're driving on their highways.

Help for Speeding

speed bumps in all school zones across North America would stop the speeding problem
speed bumps in all school zones across North America would stop the speeding problem

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Speed Bumps

Smart, a cheap solution and it works. After a couple days of slowing down for those speed bumps I realized they are the perfect solution to the school zone problem in North America. Slow down cars as they drive through school zones. Force them to slow down. Speeding is a huge problem in school zones, at least where I live, and it's a problem for which a viable solution has not been found. People are in such a hurry they either don't notice that they are in a school zone or they don't care. The police shake their heads, using speed traps doesn't work because they aren't set up permanently. School crossing guards waving at cars to slow down doesn't work either.

The solution to this problem, I believe, is to follow the example set by South & Central Americans: put speed bumps at the beginning and end of every school zone in North America. It will force people to slow down. The police can be free to deal with actual crimes. It will take the stress off the people that are watching the school children and trying to keep them safe. If the system is a North American standard, once it becomes established, and every school has speed bumps, people will know what to expect and they'll adjust their driving accordingly.

I know this solution will come with a ton of complaints from people who need to get to their destination fast, you can't please all of the people all of the time. I believe slowing the cars down around our children is more important than getting anywhere fast or the complaints that may come as a result.

Speed bumps for schools ... any takers?

© 2011 eye say


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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      thanks for sharing that input - glad to hear it works from your perspective, and saving the lives of children is a priority.

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very useful hub.

      We have had speed bumps in the UK for years now and everyone eventually gets used to them.

      They have saved countless numbers of school children in particular.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      thanks for the info - more problems to solve the original problem yikes!

      The real solution of course is to have people just respect the speed limit signs...

      I'm disappointed it's not working in the UK - it works like a charm in the southern Americas...

      thanks for reading

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      Kieran Gracie 6 years ago

      We have had speed bumps for years in the UK, and some local authorities are now thinking about removing them. Why? Because they do not work in practice as well as they do in theory. Drivers slow down for the bump, of course, but then accelerate as fast as possible once over it. Sad, I know, but that's human nature, I suppose. So the accident statistics do not show any significant improvements.

      Then there is the matter of emergency vehicles. They are considerably hampered by these bumps when trying to get to where they are needed urgently. So, to accommodate these vehicles (and buses) with their wider wheel tracks, the bumps were made narrower. Then car drivers found that they could weave between the bumps! More, rather than less, dangerous.

      The only real cure seems to be mobile police speed traps, or the dreaded average speed cameras. These measure the car's average speed between cameras, and the driver gets a ticket through the post if it exceeds the limit on that stretch of road. These work, but everybody hates them!

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Dale, I believe it's an important issue and appreciate your comments and input

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      Dale Mazurek 6 years ago from Canada

      Speed bumps are great, signs and anything else. People need to realize that speed kills. Much higher fines and more demerits I believe would also help. Nice hub and thanks for the observation. This hub most certainly voted up.