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Humps against policy

Posted: April 6, 2009 1:17 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The following is from the city of Santa Clarita Web site. How does it apply to the speed "humps" on Alaminos and Benz?

"Speed Humps:

Speeding on residential streets is a common complaint reported by concerned citizens throughout the city. Speed humps are often requested because they are perceived as a quick and effective solution to speeding. Research has shown, however, that speed humps are not always an effective or safe traffic control device.

The city of Santa Clarita has done its own effectiveness assessment before considering speed humps as a possible solution to residential speeding. In collaboration with the Old Orchard neighborhoods, the city conducted a two-year pilot program/study. The study carefully evaluated the impact of speed humps on traffic speeds and other related elements in these neighborhoods.

At the conclusion of the study, it was determined that speed humps are not a desirable speed control method for our city, due to a number of negative factors, specifically due to the following two major issues:

Emergency Response Time: The most significant issue is the emergency vehicle response time. The Los Angeles County Fire Department does not support the installation of speed humps on public streets because they increase response time (7-10 seconds for each speed hump), cause injuries to firefighters, and cause damage to heavy Fire Department vehicles. The Sheriff's Department is also concerned that speed humps reduce their emergency response time.

Liability: Speed humps may increase liability for the city, because speed humps are not official traffic control devices according to the state's Vehicle Code.

For these reasons, the city of Santa Clarita does not use speed humps on public streets."


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