Traffic Calming is the practice of managing speeds and or volume of traffic in residential streets by using one or more of the following approaches.
Education - the process of making drivers aware of their speeds in relation to the neighborhoods they are in. Education alerts people to the ways they can help ease traffic problems. Such educational tools include surveys, community police meetings, canvassing of neighborhoods, deployment of speed trailers as well as written and verbal warnings.
Enforcement - enlists the help of the police department to focus enforcement at the problem street(s) and increase community awareness of speeding problems.
Engineering - tools include a variety of traffic calming devices that can reduce speed, decrease volumes, and or improve safety. These physical modifications are custom designed to meet each neighborhood's individual needs. (signage, speed bumps, etc.)
The Town of North Kingstown currently services 563 roadways encompassing 156 miles. Like many other communities in South County, North Kingstown is experiencing a growth in population as well as an increase in vehicular traffic due to industry and general passage. Most residents would agree that motor vehicle speed, volume, accidents and the safety of pedestrians are top quality of life issues in North Kingstown. By implementing the Traffic Calming program the North Kingstown Police Department intends to reduce vehicular speeds and promote safe and pleasant conditions for residents, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike.