Fall is right around the corner, and with outside maintenance needing to be done and kids going back to school, your community can be quite active. It’s no secret that speeding cars on private roads is a common concern that can result in serious consequences. Give your residents peace of mind by using these tips for slowing down speeding vehicles in your HOA.
Even if your roads are private, your association may be able to enlist the support of local law enforcement to conduct periodic patrols of your community. Periodic and unannounced visits from the authorities could have a significant impact in creating a culture of accountability in your association.
Wherever possible, post signs around your community that remind residents and guests of your speed limits. In addition to speed limits, it’s important to remind motorists what is at stake if they don’t abide by your traffic rules. Simple signage like “Children at Play” can be an effective reminder of the importance of driving cautiously.
In recent years, technology has afforded community associations the ability to utilize many of the same devices used by law enforcement agencies. Fixed and movable solutions are available to record speeds, capture license plates of speeding vehicles, and report infractions. Some devices even have the ability to instantly send board members and management personnel a text message or email containing video of speeding vehicles. This data can then be used to send notice of a fine to an owner if your governing documents allow it.
Devices like speed bumps, speed humps, speed cushions, and rumble strips have long been the go-to method for HOAs to effectively deal with speeding vehicles. Installation of these devices can vary greatly in cost, but there are many affordable solutions available. Before committing to installing these devices in your community, consult your local municipal department, as roadway ownership and building codes may control the type of devices that are permissible. A civil engineer who specializes in traffic control may also serve as a great resource for determining the most effective devices and locations for installation based on your community’s traffic patterns.
Speeding on private roadways has become such a problem that it has led to the growth of a new industry: traffic enforcement. Where available, these services charge a fee for periodic visits to your community to employ various methods for identifying and recording speeding vehicles. If fining is permissible in your association, the costs of these services can be quickly offset by the revenue generated from the fines.
Proactive and consistent communication is one of the most effective ways of curtailing any unwanted behavior in a community association. Whatever your preferred method of communication, be it mail, websites, or emails, ensure that you continue to remind owners of the dangers posed by speeding. If your community has a security gate, ensure your security officers remind guests of speed limit requirements either verbally or on printed guest passes.
Before introducing speed detection solutions and traffic calming devices, be sure to consult your association’s governing documents. Your documents should offer guidelines for your Board of Directors regarding the ability to install devices or signage in the association’s common areas. Fining procedures, if permissible, will also be addressed in these documents. If you need additional assistance, be sure to seek the opinion of a qualified legal professional.
Combating speeding in your community can often feel like a difficult and never-ending battle, but it is an important one. Creating a culture of safety in your community takes time, effort, and a consistent message. Various remedies are available and are worth exploring. It could save a life!This article was originally posted on Associa’s Living Better blog and is republished with permission.
Mitchell Krauss is the regional sales director for the southeastern United States. He is responsible for development and performance of all sales activities for 10 Associa branches throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.