“Operation Slow Down” is in progress in Lansing Police Department

LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – Lansing Police Department said they will really focus on enforcing traffic laws now, amid concerns from local residents.

Operation Slow Down, a program to reduce excessive speeding and reckless driving behavior on roads in Lansing, is underway.

Here’s how LPD said it worked:

During traffic calming, the lane is physically changed, e.g. B. by installing speed humps or elevated zebra crossings to force drivers to better comply with the speed limits in the region.

The purpose of traffic calming is:

  • Increase the quality of life in neighborhoods
  • Reduce vehicle speed
  • Reduce / eliminate cut-through traffic
  • Improve security in the neighborhood and for pedestrians
  • Use a neighborhood-wide approach

Current traffic calming areas

There are currently 35 traffic-calming areas in the city of Lansing. In general, the city can rate up to three areas per year.

Stop signs vs. traffic calming

Many people wonder why stop signs cannot be implemented just to reduce speed in areas. Stop signs, however, need to be justified and based on volume (the amount of traffic on the road) and accidents, not vehicle speed. Additionally, stop signs are not guaranteed in many residential intersections, which makes them ineffective.

Traffic calming process

The process of traffic calming begins with the collection of data such as traffic volume (vehicles per day), traffic speeds (85th percentile), existing traffic control, street widths, parking regulations (“no parking”, “one hour parking” etc.). ), Fire routes and accident data.

Traffic management techniques

Temporary measures such as police enforcement can be taken before traffic calming is implemented. Depending on the severity of the problem, local residents can apply for enforcement in their area. However, this is again a temporary service. Another way to implement temporary traffic calming is mobile traffic monitors. These are the electronic machines that mirror the speed limit of cars as they pass it.

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