There is some merit to suggesting speed bumps don’t work, but the solution to slowing down lead-footed drivers lies in all of us.
Deer Lake council discussed the possibility of slowing drivers down on Squires Road last week by installing speed bumps. During the meeting a town staff member pointed out that speed bumps are actually no longer being used in some North American cities, according to several studies. Cited were numerous downsides: they damage vehicles, create tripping hazards for pedestrians, they’re expensive and can be ineffective for fast-moving vehicles.
Council decided to look into the cost of an automated speed sign instead — one that shows the driver through a display how fast he or she is moving. But doesn’t that really just give the childish a goal of beating their own record?
And therein lies the problem; the not-so-small percentage of those of us who think driving fast is a right, simply aren’t smart. The only speed bumps currently in Deer Lake right now are in front of a busy grocery store. The fact that they had to make an effort to slow drivers down where it is locally known that there’s usually a crowd shows a lack of respect and responsibility. It’s not everyone that drives too fast, but everyone suffers.
We’re living in a part of the country where animals weighing more than 1,000 pounds walk in front of us on the highway. If anyone should be slowing down it’s us.
Some think they’re invincible behind the wheel, but speed can kill them just as fast as the person they hit. We have to start injecting a little common sense into this. Local government shouldn’t be in the nanny state business.
Our actions have consequences.