The opportunity to reduce traffic problems on our local streets exists without the introduction of costly and obtrusive speed tables.
I can speak only for Whitlock Heights and its surroundings, but if local ordinances were enforced, I believe the majority of our speeding and road congestion problems would be alleviated. Commuters, not area residents, are the prime contributors to the problem. They speed through our neighborhood, ignore yield and stop signs and, on curves, are likely to force oncoming cars off of the roadway.
Virtually every road leading onto Whitlock Heights, the one major exception being Chestnut Hill at Powder Springs Street, is marked “No Thru Traffic,” yet, in the 15 years we have lived here, we have yet to see any enforcement.
Periodic checks of cars entering Whitlock Heights to ascertain whether drivers are local or simply taking shortcuts through our neighborhood would quickly discourage commuters if, after a warning, fines at ever escalating levels were imposed for subsequent violations. Area residents could be issued window stickers to preclude their being stopped for inspection.
Reynolds Street at Wright Street with the adjacent parking lot at Henry Memorial Park or Chestnut Hill by Tumlin Park are possible sites at which cars could be checked and provide locations to which violators could be directed for the issuance of summons. While less convenient, the dead end on Kirkpatrick just off of Whitlock Avenue could provide an area to which violators could be directed.
As an afterthought, perhaps receipts from fines could be used to repair some of our streets that are being so abused by the commuters.