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Speed bumps problematic

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: What’s the difference between a speed bump and a speed hump?

A bump is designed for cars traveling between 2-5 mph. A hump has a gentler design for vehicles moving from 5-10 mph. Speed humps are typically applied to residential streets where speed limits don’t exceed 25 miles per hour. Both are referred to as “traffic calming” methods.

Proponents use terms like “speeders” and “reckless drivers,” the true irritant for “traffic calming” advocates is “heavy” traffic. They really want to divert traffic to other streets.

Some feel that speed bumps/humps are the better way to control speeding. I invite you to read about the “other side”:

•Dangerous in emergencies; can cost lives. Emergency vehicles are slowed down up to 13 seconds for each speed hump.

•Can damage vehicles. Driving over them daily produces a cumulative damaging effect.

•Can cost taxpayers money and increase area pollution. The repeated braking-acceleration causes vehicles to burn more gasoline, increasing fuel costs (just what we all need) and adding up to 10 percent to the area’s pollution.

•Can negatively affect property values. Would you have wanted to purchase in an area which made you drive over multiple speed humps daily to and from your home? The overwhelming majority of people say no.

•Can frustrate drivers and divide communities. Forcing people to endure disruption and inconvenience adds to road rage. In some communities, drivers honk their horn passing over every speed bump/hump a protest. Who will appreciate having to run an obstacle course every time they drive to or from home?

•Can cause pain for disabled individuals. They cause discomfort for disabled people and those with back and neck injuries. It’s unpleasant for a healthy person to be suddenly jolted by stop and go over roller-coaster humps, imagine what an injured person feels.

The proposal suggests six portable speed humps be installed on a trial basis. It would add new meaning to Hump Day in Carolina Shores!

Once the speed hump is in place, imagine the waiting list of residents who want them in front of their houses. Placing them on Carolina Shores Parkway assures most residents will be able to enjoy them on the way to town hall or recycling center.

What engineering study, or any collection of data, has the Town of Carolina Shores had done to support the placement of speed bumps or humps?