Roswell Patch Readers Pinpoint Speeding Problem Areas
Here are the streets you've listed as some of the worst for speeding in Roswell and what the Roswell Police Department has to say about it.
When we asked you about the most problematic areas for speedy drivers in Roswell last week, Riverside Road, Crossville Road and Houze Road all landed among the worst.
Via comments on the site and the Roswell Patch Facebook page, readers shared their thoughts on the subject.
Of Riverside Road, Scott Long wrote on Roswell Patch:
"A very long run with no traffic calming for nearly two miles straight equals danger (and a few single-vehicle very-high-speed fatalities in recent years). Of course, Riverside Road wasn't designed by city traffic engineers. It was a trail that turned into a dirt road that was eventually paved, long before it was part of any city. Very heavy bicycle traffic (which is really great BTW) means you can't narrow the lanes. It needs some type of calming construct, not bumps or stop signs. Perhaps a sprinking of several mini-roundabouts (there is probably an official term for this) along Riverside Road that causes cars to slow down to navigate the small change in direction. Gunnin Road off Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners has something like this."
"Mansell and East Crossville. More accidents happen here than you can imagine. Almost lost my life in an accident at this location and know others who have experienced accidents and now suffer long term disability. Now thanks to a new RaceTrac gas station and Aldi's more traffic accidents are inevitable in an already over congested area.
City of Roswell knows this is a dangerous intersection but ignores the pleas of local residents."
Some readers responded with several other specific areas, including Brookfield Country Club and Highway 9. They also shared harrowing tales of near misses.
Jane Sharpie commented on Roswell Patch:
"School Zones! We live near Elkins Road and Hembree and have to cross the street to get to school in the morning (as pedestrians, a mom, 2 kids, and a dog) and people drive through here so fast while talking on cell phones to boot. I want to pull over and high five the Roswell PD whenever they are out pulling people over to thank them for trying to keep our children safe!"
Sarah Baker wrote on Facebook:
"Houze--I can feel the anger everyone directs at me when I actually try to stay near the speed limit."
To rectify the speeding problems of certain areas, local resident Michael Hadden suggested narrower streets. He said:
"Pretty much any street that has lanes that are 11 feet or wider where the speed limit is 40 or under is going to have speeders. What do we need to do in order to curb speeding? Take the lane widths down and make it less comfortable to speed. Raised crosswalks and speed humps are a sign that your city's traffic engineers failed and designed a road where the design speed is faster than the posted speed. One reason why it is almost always very comfortable to do 10 mph over whatever the posted speed limit is. Another great benefit of narrower roads aside from their inherent safety is that they are cheaper to build and maintain."
Roswell Police Department Spokeswoman Lisa Holland said most of the streets called out for their lead-footed drivers are already listed on the department's "complaint areas." To file a complaint on any given street, local residents can call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100, said Holland.