Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is set to launch neighborhood traffic calming program
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office will soon launch a new program to slow down drivers in a neighborly way.
Crawford County Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs, in a report to the Crawford County Board of Commissioners through a virtual meeting held on Thursday, June 25, said law enforcement officials will start a traffic calming program.
Since some neighborhoods, such as the Sherwood Forest subdivision and the area off of Richardson Road have repaved roads, the sheriff’s office has fielded a number of complaints regarding speeding motorists.
Deputies who are going from call to call and patrolling primary roads where speeds are higher at times cannot respond to the complaints.
“It doesn’t make it any less dangerous because it is always dangerous when you have kids, dogs, and cats running around,” Kraycs said.
That is all set to change as deputies will be on patrol in neighborhoods to catch speeders and issue tickets.
In addition, yard signs that say: “Hey Neighbor, Slow Down” will be put up in the road right-of-way and in residents’ lawns who choose to participate in the program.
Signs will also be put up that inform motorists of the posted speed limits in the neighborhoods as well as others that will show the fines speeders will have to pay if they are ticketed.
Radar units will also be purchased that will go on neighborhood roads that inform motorists how fast they are going and if they are speeding, the speed the vehicles are going, when vehicles are going by, and the peak times for traffic on the roads.
“It will be a good statistic to grab for people to send to people when we push the program into the neighborhoods,” Kraycs said.
After the program is started, deputies will not be giving verbal warnings to drivers who have their pedal to the metal.
“The hope is with all these preventive gestures that people will slow down,” Kraycs said.
Currently, people in the neighborhoods are going out into the roads, stopping drivers, and confronting them since they know who they are because they live nearby. That is dangerous for the motorist and the property owner.
“We’re hoping this traffic program will be bounced around within the community, that this will slow down the drivers and maybe save a pedestrian or save a confrontation between a citizen and their neighbor,” Kraycs said.