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Speeding is a problem in my neighborhood. Can stop signs be used to slow traffic?

Category: Stop Signs

Studies have shown that stop signs are not effective at slowing traffic. While this may seem counter-intuitive, because drivers have to slow down to stop at a stop sign, drivers tend to ignore unwarranted stop signs over time. When stop signs are ignored, they no longer serve their purpose, which is to inform roadway users who has the right of way at an intersection, and crash potential increases. Other strategies for traffic calming may be available, such as speed humps or law enforcement.

Please visit the Transportation & Engineering Speed Hump webpage ( for more information on this program. Please visit the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Extra Patrol webpage ( to find information about requesting a speed radar cart or extra patrols.

Updated 2/3/2022 10:15 AM
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