June is Speed Awareness Month - SLOW DOWN IN TOWN

Posted by April Reiling on May 31, 2013
Tags: Community, Public Safety, TCPD, Town News

Speeding has become a safety issue in Trophy Club neighborhoods and in order to maintain a safe and secure community, drivers must SLOW DOWN IN TOWN. The Town is launching a month-long speeding awareness campaign that will focus on educating drivers regarding the risks and dangers involved in speeding. The goal is to ensure that drivers adhere to the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit throughout town and reduce speed within neighborhoods when appropriate.

The Trophy Club community enjoys an active residential lifestyle with a steady flow of pedestrian traffic, including children walking to and from schools and parks. Trophy Club’s already busy streets, along with the addition of golf carts to roadways, requires slow speeds, cautious driving and environmental awareness.

Throughout June, the Trophy Club Police Department will be stepping up enforcement and utilizing digital speed signs to deter speeding.

Some Facts to Consider:

  • Speeding—traveling too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limits—is a factor in almost one-third of all fatal crashes. (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/speedmgt/)
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that the annual economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is $40.4 billion. (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811751.pdf)
  • In 2011, speeding was a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal crashes, and 9,944 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. (http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811751.pdf)
  • Car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the United States.
    • According to NHTSA, estimated traffic fatalities increased by 5.3% in 2012 compared to 2011 nationally, the first increase since 2005. In our region (Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi), the number of estimated fatalities increased by 10% in 2012 compare to 2011. (May 2013, NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
  • Nearly half of speeding-related fatalities occur on lower speed collector and local roads. (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/speedmgt/)
  • The faster you drive, the longer it takes to see a hazard and react, and the further your vehicle will travel before you can hit the brakes. The braking distance for a car travelling 20 MPH is 18-22 feet and the stopping distance is three times as far.

Assist the Town during Speed Awareness Month by doing the following:

  • Maintain a 30 MPH speed or less in town
  • Report motorists driving at unsafe speeds - Citizens can report unsafe driving by calling 911 in the event of a serious, in-progress event or the non-emergency number (972-434-5500) if it is a minor violation. Make sure to note the license plate information and vehicle description.
  • Slow down when approaching walkers, joggers, cyclists, or golf carts
  • Allow a safe distance while pedestrians, especially children, are attempting to cross a roadway
  • Please drive carefully and cautiously while navigating the roundabout

Speeding affects everyone in the community – SLOW DOWN IN TOWN.