After reading many e-mails, talking to a number of people regarding pedestrian safety, and having written 45 prior articles on speeding, I have come to the conclusion that the City of Dunwoody needs to consider lowering the speed limit on four heavily traveled residential roads.
It just so happens that these four roads directly serve seven of our nine educational facilities where we also have the most pedestrians, the highest traffic congestion during peek hours and numerous variable of speed limit changes from posted speed to school zone speed limits.
|North Peachtree Road||Tilly Mill Road||Interstate 285|
|Roberts Drive||Chamblee-Dunwoody Road||Fulton County Line|
|Vermack Road||Chamblee-Dunwoody Road||Mount Vernon Road|
|Womack Road||Tilly Mill Road||Chamblee-Dunwoody Road|
Sunday night I attended the monthly Dunwoody Homeowners Association (1st Sunday of Month, 7:30 room 4 of the Cultural Center) where the City of Dunwoody Public Works Director, Mr. Michael Smith discussed the Tilly Mill / Peeler / N. Peachtree & Womack / Vermack plans. During the discussion he stated that lowering the speeds on residential streets such as Womack could be done with State DOT approval.
One of the points he raised against the State allowing such a change was the thought that we might be doing this for revenue purposes (speed trap) and that is not the case. These are residential streets with single family homes on each side, many of whom have extensive school traffic that we also need to get under control. The City Budget committee, which I serve on, has recommended a possible expansion of the radar speed limit signs and I proposed this evening in an email to Council that these four streets be outfitted with the additional signs in order to prove to the state that we take vehicular speed very seriously and have put our own non-punitive measures into place.
I believe a lowering of the speed limit to a consistent 25 mph on these streets could have a calming effect on the drivers who crisscross our community.
This evening when I got home I sent an email to Mr. Smith requesting that he do research on the subject and that it be brought before Council in the future for discussion on possible future steps.
If you are pro of con of this idea I would be happy to hear your thoughts and I promise that there will be a public hearing regarding this subject before any change is finalized.