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Neighborhood Traffic Safety

How Can We Improve Traffic Safety in Our Neighborhood?

Neighborhood traffic concerns may arise from drivers speeding or disregarding other safe-driving practices. Safety of children is a primary concern. The solution to such concerns often lies primarily in the hands of the neighborhood residents.

Residents and frequent guests in an area are often the source of most poor driving. This is simply because residents make up the vast majority of the drivers on local streets, and residents are familiar with the streets and assume they know what conditions will be present as they drive in the area. Drivers unfamiliar with an area often drive more slowly in order to read house numbers and street name signs and to identify turns needed to reach their destination.

What Can Residents Do to Improve Traffic Safety?
  • Pay attention and drive carefully.
  • Obey laws.
  • Set a good example and remind your guests and neighbors to do the same.
  • Remind residents at your Neighborhood Watch meetings to use caution when driving through the neighborhood.
  • Residents may also assist in promoting traffic safety by reporting stolen or vandalized signs, potholes, debris in the street or other concerns.

Another extremely important effort of area residents is to educate children regarding proper traffic safety. In particular, children should not be allowed to play in or near the street.

Residents may also assist in improving traffic safety by reducing the potential for restriction of the vision of drivers. For example:
  • Bushes and trees near intersections should be kept trimmed in order that cars approaching the intersection can be seen by other drivers.
  • Fences and other objects should also be located so that the vision of drivers is not unreasonably restricted.
  • Vans or other vehicles should be parked so that they do not restrict visibility.

Report Suspicious Activity to the Jupiter Police Department: 746-6201, or Dial 911 for Emergencies Only

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