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 Pol ice Department intends to reduce vehicular speeds and promote safe and pleasant conditions for residents, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike.
It all starts with the police department. If you believe motorists routinely drive too fast in your neighborhood, call the police department at 401-294-3316 ext. 8235
Requests must include the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number and a description of the traffic problem.
Your request will alert police officers to speeding problems and will bring extra patrols to the spot. A police officer will visit the spot at least three times for streets with significant problems.
If the problem continues, you may request a Traffic Study
To initiate a Traffic Study of the street a formal request is required in the form of a neighborhood petition by the residents of the street.
At least 1/3 of the residents must sign the petition.
The North Kingstown Police Department will send a traffic officer to the problem location to evaluate the potential traffic problems.