Traffic Calming

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On July 14, 2008, the City adopted the Traffic Calming Policy. This policy was created to address concerns of speeding and cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets. This policy is used in conjunction with our SMART trailer.

Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Tool

The Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Tool (SMART) is a trailer with a radar unit fixed inside. As motorists pass the trailer, a digital readout tells drivers how fast their vehicles are traveling. Directly above the digital readout is a sign posting the speed limit on that section of road. This is the first tool used to help calm traffic and remind motorists of their speed versus the posted speed limit.

At times, a police officer will be at the location of the SMART to ensure that motorists are observing the sign and controlling their speed. This is also a useful tool for residents to watch to determine how fast motorist are actually traveling down the street as well. When standing on the sidewalk closer to the roadway, 30 mph feels faster than when in your car traveling at the same speed.

If you would like the SMART to be scheduled at a location, contact Traffic Operations at 972-744-4330.

Traffic Calming Policy

After a resident has requested the SMART trailer to be placed on their street and observed the traffic speeds, they can contact the City to initiate the process for requesting traffic calming devices on their street. Below is a brief overview of the process, but please click on the link for the entire Traffic Calming Policy to full understand how this program works.

  1. Request a 24-hour study of speeds and volumes along roadway to determine if the roadway is even close to meeting warrants for traffic calming
  2. If the resident wants to proceed, they must make request and meet with City staff to determine the Primary Affected Area (explained in the policy).
  3. Obtain official Application and Petition Form issued by the City.
  4. Get at least 50% of the petition form signed by property owners in the Primary Affected Area and return it to the city with the completed application form and the $250 non-refundable fee (Must be returned within 6 months of issuance).
  5. The City will then perform the official speed and volume study (multiple days while school is in session) and review the location with other necessary city staff.
  6. If the roadway meets the criteria in the policy and is approved by all necessary staff, the application may move forward to the trial implementation process.
  7. A trial implementation of at least 60 days will occur and the same count/speed studies and such will be done during this trial period.
  8. If the studies show the device to be effective and is approved by all necessary staff, the next step is final implementation which requires a percentage of approval from the property owners in the Primary Affected Area (see the policy for details).

Volunteers In Policing

The Richardson Police Department sponsors a program for volunteers, Volunteers In Policing, or VIP. These citizen volunteers give their time to make the initial assessment of a citizen’s complaint about a potential traffic violation or problem. This saves the police officers valuable time and allows them to concentrate on “known” offense locations.

The volunteers go out in pairs, taking tote boxes equipped with reflective vests, radar gun, batteries, palm counters, clipboards, and a cellular phone for emergencies. They visit locations where complaints have come in several times to collect reliable information on violations and time of day. Most of the complaints involve speeding, but they include running stop signs and failing to yield.

Photo of speed radar trailer