Stop the speed tables; there has to be better way
August 21, 2013 12:59 AM | 2149 views | 4 4 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Marietta City Council’s initiative on speed tables aims to slow speeding traffic on neighborhood streets and divert motorists to other areas. It may seem like a good idea up front, but in the final analysis these devices do not solve the problem, they only transfer it to other streets. Many new problems are created by the speed tables.

In my neighborhood, certain residents will benefit from the speed tables noise-free and not be disturbed, while others like myself living near an installation site will have to endure increased noise levels, listen to gear and brake noises and rattles, and the louder impact when someone hits it without braking. I am very unhappy to have a speed table slated for the front of my home in west Cobb.

Of special concern is the delayed emergency response times for fire trucks, ambulances and police calls. This poses a greater threat to the public at large than speeding vehicles. Only a matter of seconds could make the difference in saving a life.

Property devaluation is another concern for homeowners who will have speed tables imposed near their property. The devices could create a loss of negotiating power when selling the home. Many buyers may consider the devices a liability. Due to high volume braking and acceleration at each site, there could be potentially dangerous health, clean air and environmental issues.

In addition to being noise-makers, the speed tables are eyesores as well. Formerly aesthetic streets lose on appearance due to the unsightly look of the tables. It should be noted that trailers and vehicles carrying mulch, straw and soil could drop it into the street when crossing the tables.

And last but certainly not least, it goes without saying that those of us traveling our neighborhood streets will now have more expenses on tires and possibly other auto repairs.

I urge the Marietta Council to take another look at this solution to speeding traffic. I applaud the initiative to slow traffic, but there should be better ways. For example, isolated speed tables only at high-speed or dangerous locations, better use of radar scanning devices, police patrol at peak speeding intervals, and many other more innovative solutions which do not create higher noise levels, clean air issues or loss of property values for private citizens.

Donna Medford

west Cobb
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Concerned Citizen
September 15, 2013
Speed Hump Questions: How many houses will burn more rapidly because of delays to fire trucks? How many people will die because of delays to paramedics? How many burglars will get away because of delays to police?
Jim Stiber
August 27, 2013
In response to Donna Medford's letter regarding the evils of speed tables I can only say: You have to be Kidding! While I am no big fan of speed tables (or speed humps as they are known in unincorporated Cobb) they do serve to slow traffic down if only briefly. The argument against them should center around traffic speeding between speed humps or that they are more of an irritant to the people they are designed to protect - the neighbor residents - rather than the people they are intended to impact - the speeders.

The evils suggested by Donna's letter however are basically histerics. We have had speed humps on our street for several years now and they do NOT:

produce increased Brake noise!!; increased air polution; or even cars flying through the air as they hit the humps going too fast. There has been to problem with parts falling off of cars as they pass over the speed humps. There is no statistical evidence that they affect property values in either direction or that they cause more wear & tear to automobiles taking them at a legal speed. We ahve also not experienced a huge littering of the streets caused by dropping of organic debris from landscape trailers. In summary, whether on is in favor of speed humps or not the argument should be stated using facts instead hysteria.
Jim Warren
September 03, 2013
With all due respect to differing opinions, many of the factors Ms. Medford mentions were personally experienced upon speed "tables" installation near my home when living in Decatur.

Enforce the speed limit law, and the problem will lessen considerably. Otherwise, what is the point of having such limits posted? I might add that our city school buses would do well to observe the speed limits in our neighborhoods, as well as when traveling on the South Loop.

Maybe we should start our own group of "Gomers", chasing these speeders and shouting: "CITIZENS ARREST! CITIZENS ARREST!"
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