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Leon County's Traffic Calming Program could help Deer Lake community

County commissioners approved the policy aimed for safer residential areas on Tuesday
Posted at 11:14 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 23:14:49-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County says any neighborhood dealing with traffic issues can get calming measures, they just have to qualify.

Brandi Crisler lives right off Deer Lake Road an area of focus for Leon County's new "Traffic Calming Program Policy" approved Tuesday.

"It gets pretty scary going through here because you don't know if a person is going to stop or what they're going to do. It's like they're in a rush," said Crisler.

Neighbors are showing concern about the high amount of traffic and speeding near their homes.

"People are speeding, it's just too much," said Verian Thomas who has lived in the Deer Lake area for 20 years.

"Upon the completion of a successful petition which is 75 percent of the residents on a particular road the county will perform speed studies to actually see if there's a speeding problem," said Brent Pell, Director of Public Works for Leon County.

When the county evaluates, 85 percent of traffic has to be going 5 mph above the speed limit.

The evaluation determines what type of calming measures will go into effect.

"I don't want speed humps, I don't like those, but just like a sign with the rate of your speed," said Crisler.

Many people in the area concerned about the safety of kids since traffic picks up in the morning and rush hour.

"As students are going to school sometimes the cars are really going fast," said Thomas.

They're hoping to make their community safe for everyone.

"That would help just giving people the thing of saying, 'hey you need to slow down,'" Crisler said.

The county has not said when the study will start for the Deer Lake community.

Leon County's traffic calming program has been in place since 1998 and has calmed 30 roads so far.