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Greer Residents Given Plan To Stop Speeders In Neighborhoods

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If you've ever had a speeding car fly through your neighborhood, you can probably relate to Mark Simpson.  "I've probably noticed it since the day we moved in," he says.  Simpson, a father of five, estimates speeders go through his small Greer subdivision doing "50, sometimes 55" miles an hour.  "It's an issue because sometimes the kids will go walking out in the street and you never know.  Get in the road just a little bit, and they're toast."  Small speed bumps that are just a few inches wide were installed several years ago, but Simpson says it's done no good.  "It's just something that makes noise, but it's not enough."

Now, the city of Greer is working to give residents like Simpson a solution to make their neighborhood safer.  The city has adopted a new "traffic calming policy", that establishes a process for residents to have larger "speed humps" installed in their neighborhood.  "This gives them an avenue," city engineer Don Holloman explains.  To be considered, a street must meet certain criteria.

  1. Be considered a residential street
  2. Have a posted speed of 35 MPH or less
  3. Be two lanes wide
  4. Have an 85th percentile of 5 MPH over the posted limit
  5. Have a volume of greater than 300 cars, but no more than 4,000 cars, per day

Holloman says if all those criteria are met, residents can petition to have humps installed.  At least 65% of property owners must agree to have it done.  "It appears to have a positive impact on slowing traffic somewhat," Holloman says.  "It's not a major change in volume, but it is noticeable and significant in the places we've collected data."

Simpson says he's willing to give anything a shot, if it means less speeding on his street.  "Our roads should be safe, our children should be safe to play," he says.

The city of Greenville and Spartanburg County also have similar traffic calming plans.

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