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Traffic calming measures and sleeping policemen

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I have a choice of two routes to work, a busy dual carriageway (usually gridlocked at various points, lots of minor accidents, very stressful drive) or a quieter country road through the villages and fields (quite relaxing, light traffic).

Owing to the county council placing badly timed traffic lights on the roundabout junction which leads onto the dual carriageway, most people choose to take the country route rather than sit in long queues of traffic waiting for the lights to change.  Fine, there are a few more cars trundling along the country roads but nothing heavy and still no gridlocked stretches.  However, the residents of the villages are not happy with people using 'their roads' as so called 'rat runs' and we drivers have been subjected to protests in the local papers, speed traps and 'this is your speed' warning devices.

But now the villagers have persuaded the council to put in "traffic calming measures".  So picture this, the road into the village goes over a small hump backed bridge, barely wide enough for two vehicles to pass as it is.  The traffic calming measure is an island of bricks which protrudes into the road so that people travelling into the village have to wait and give way to people coming out of the village.

Traffic Calming Measures Now, there are two major problems with this.  The "protrusion" is at the start of the hump, so whilst you wait behind it you can't see any cars coming over the hump and have to edge out to see if you actually have right of way, if you haven't you are so far out you either have to risk the wrath of the driver approaching and pullout anyway or reverse back, so annoying the people in the queue behind you who have followed you out assuming you can see over the hump.

Problem number two is that in the morning far more traffic is coming through and out of the village and the traffic trying to get into and through the village (to the dual carriageway) queues up.  Thus, rather than "traffic calming" they are creating yet more queues and yet more infuriated drivers.  OK, people decide to live in the country for peace and quiet and to avoid traffic but in this day and age cars are a way of life and the people will choose the quickest way to work whatever.


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Jon

Jon

Dumb things, created by even dumber people.

If you watch these things in action, people now actually speed up to beat an oncoming flow of traffic and get past the restriction,making them more dangerous.

Also now drivers are concerned with negotiating this obstacle gather than watching for children on bicycles or any other dangers they should be keeping an eye out for.

I've invented what I call "Stop Lights", traffic lights which measure the speed of oncoming vehicles and turn red if they are speeding. Thus making it slower to speed, cameras would record people who jump the red light as well. Only downside is if the car in front of you is speeding, but eventually these dumb people would learn.

This idea could be taken further, average speed cameras on motorways which would identify speeders and direct the to carparks off the motorway for 1/2 hour of contemplation, or maybe 1 hour, 2 hours on repeat offences.
06/11/15 Jon
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Leodis

Leodis

Is there any pleasure left any more in driving?i used to enjoy it so much so I took it up as my job, but with all these so called traffic calming schemes, which actually wind up the
most placid person, I doubt it very much. I am also convinced that a lot of people behind the wheel do not have driving licences as they do not follow the highway code and their lack of knowledge and experience pose a threat to themselves as well as everybody else. In the interests of legal motorists and for everyone's safety is it not time to clamp down hard on the rogue vehicle users!?
12/10/12 Leodis
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Jim Mac

Jim Mac

I have lived in Glenrothes most of my 46 years and agree that the government has gone speed bump mental ! I think it's justified outside of schools or play parks but they should go from kirb to kirb across the roud fully. I ride a motorbike as well as a car and as with buses and vans can go straight through the stupid lumps in the road at any speed which defeats the purpose. The only thing they do is provide the government with Vat from the bills for the repairs to drive shafts, track rod ends and bearings on our vehicles as if we dont pay enough for driving on the roads!!!
15/01/11 Jim Mac
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XXX

XXX

lecyviolin
'Join the 'hoot at humps' campaign, residents will soon get sick and prefer normal traffic.'

Try that and pretty soon the locals will pester the council to block the road with bollards and stop through traffic and idiots like you.
12/10/10 XXX
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anon

anon

The council in my village put a sleeping policeman halfway up a 50 yard hill in an attempt to "slow" traffic and now all the young uns on their mini quads and motocross bikes use it as a stunt jump!
I gotta admit though it looks like a lot of fun, maybe I join them!
28/09/10 anon
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Biscuitbum

Biscuitbum

The worst are the kerbs that jut out in to the road making it an obstacle course even if you are fortunate not to have oncoming traffic. Some years ago in my locality, there was a road that connected two major roads, and so was used as a rat run. There was a care home situated on that road and when the council placed large humps (or mounds of ashphalt) there, many a hearse got stuck or bottomed out on them!
08/09/10 Biscuitbum
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arrawn

arrawn

When the Police did tests as to speeding drivers through the villages of the UK more than 50% of the speeders caught were in fact Locals,that's right!,the people who lived in the village itself and did the moaning were the worst culprits (serves e'm right).
I know this is now going to be a bit of a long winded letter but Sleeping Policemen nor fixed camera's are the answer,on the one you only slow down and then accelerate back up to speed causing pollution,as to the other once you know where the camera's are they are no longer a deterrent.
However,with the technology that is already available speed camera's (laser guns) can already be fitted easily onto a Police Motor Cycle,and you'd never know where it would be at any given time,I think this would be a much better idea and we could do away with all the road humps.
Oh yes,before someone writes in to moan,should you by caught by the Camera (police bike) that's your own fault,just live with the outcome of being a speeder that got caught
20/06/10 arrawn
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Fuel =tax

Fuel =tax

'Traffic calming measures' or 'road furniture' causes huge increases in fuel consumption and emissions.

This means we have buy more fuel, which generates more tax.

One of our local roads was recently relaid :) then there were some rumble strips laid :( then they got ground off : wot a waste, now the new surface is messed up.
12/05/10 Fuel =tax
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futureshock

futureshock

Speeding in residential areas will become almost impossible in time There are trials of ISA (intelligent speed adaption) being carried out across the world. These are in car electronic devices that can warn a driver that the limit is being exceeded and can be adapted to limit the speed either by a fuel limitation method or by increasing accelerator pedal pressure.The Dept of transport has reviewed these systems during the last 10 years and reported favourably and a trial with a fleet of vehicles in 2009 is being assessed.Their preliminary reports are favourable and strangely enough the majority of drivers were in favour and in fact missed them when removed.
30/04/10 futureshock
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lecyviolin

lecyviolin

Join the 'hoot at humps' campaign, residents will soon get sick and prefer normal traffic.
10/10/09 lecyviolin
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keith

keith

just read the artical on traffic calming and must say I do agree on the aspect that yes people will take the quickest route they can find after all I do myself and yes the council may well have placed them in the wrong place however I still think there a good idea I wish I could persuade our council to do the same. the driver in question may well be a good driver and stick to the limits however not all drivers are and thats the problem the council dont just spend the money on traffic calming because a couple of people complain theres months somtimes years of debate over it.and no I dont work for any council its quite unbeliveble that I would defend them as my veiw of councils in general are quite low. still the fact remains traffic calming is a good idea and it saves lives not just pedestrians but drivers to ok its a bit inconvienient but so what this day and age there is that many cars on the roads you carnt help but get slowed down and after all why not just leave home a little earlier and take it easy I dont know about the driver that wrote the story but I would hate to knock anyone over and worse still if I was speeding. and like they say if you dont like it go another way.
10/04/08 keith
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Sat Nav Tourer

Sat Nav Tourer

And even better we have Sat Nav coupled to Speed Camera alerts and Laser diffusers... bring it on. Perhaps if the government didn't persecute us on the main roads we would not have to drive thru the nimby villages, so complain to your MP and Council, until then ... Coming to a village near you... Sat Nav tourism!
19/03/08 Sat Nav Tourer
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Technolover

Technolover

Horray for the sat nav. Now we can take even more obscure diversions through really small villages to avoid the congestion at the push of a button.
22/02/08 Technolover
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Laughable.

Laughable.

Everybody has the right to complain. Nobody but the government or council can dictate wether people can go through a village, none of you OWN the road. I know, living next to a road must be such a pain. All these cars........ travelling...on a road....next to your house....thats been built for use.......by cars.....for PUBLIC USE.

However!, I do not condone or try to defend the people speeding through built up areas as my brother was recently hit and left with 2 broken legs and a fractured pelvis, by someone caught doing 52 in a 30 zone, and proceeded to speed off.

All of this stupid, obsessive behaviour about roads BELONGING to a certain place or people is nonsense. The public has every right to use them, but use them responsibly, if the problem worsens, then calming measures should be introduced.
20/01/08 Laughable.
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Spudboy

Spudboy

What a fantastic result!

If you don't like it, use the dual carriageway like you're supposed to :-)
16/10/07 Spudboy
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