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Article published April 29, 2013

'Slow Down' driving campaign will return



CRANBERRY TWP — An initiative started three years ago to get drivers to slow down in residential neighborhood has received favorable responses from homeowners and will continue twice this year to coincide with the start and end of school.

Both street and yard signs reminding motorists to slow down will be placed in the participating communities.
The campaign will run for a week beginning June 8 and again Aug. 26.
“The Slow Down Campaign has generated positive responses from the Homeowners Associations that have participated,” said Duane McKee, Cranberry's assistant manager. “Surveys showed that speeds were reduced.”
The campaign includes posting mounted permanent street signs that are placed in the housing plans, along with signs that are placed in yards during the two separate weeks.
Speed trailers from both Cranberry and Zelienople also are used to remind motorists of their speeds and police patrols are stepped up during the campaign, said McKee.
Some of the signs placed in the yards read: “Be a Role Model: Drive 25,” “Show Your Pride: Slow Down Your Ride,” “Keep Kids Alive: Drive 25,” and “Hang Up and Drive 25.”
Ten homeowners' associations are signed up this year, but expected the number to reach at least the 13 that participated last year, said McKee.
The neighborhoods participating this year are: Hunters Creek, Cranberry Heights, Freedom Woods, Walden Pond, Autumn Hill, Winchester Lakes, Orchard Park, Pinehurst, Creekwood Commons and Lakevue Estates.
Freedom Road resident Dan Page during Thursday's township supervisor meeting requested that the program be extended homes along Freedom Road and place slow down signs in the years.
Township officials agreed to look to adding Freedom Road to the list of participating areas.
The goals for this year's program include larger signs, encouraging safe driving, doubling the number of yard signs, raising awareness of driving habits and slowing people down, according to McKee.
McKee explained that once the program's are completed, the township measures the success of the program by collecting before and after traffic data including speeds, volumes of traffic and moving violations including tickets and warnings.
The results and opinions of homeowner's associations are reviewed at their annual forum.
CRANBERRY TWP — An initiative started three years ago to get drivers to slow down in residential neighborhood has received favorable responses from homeowners and will continue two times this year to coincide with the start and end of school.
Both street and yard signs reminding motorists to slow down will be placed in the participating communities.
The campaign will run for a week beginning June 8 and again Aug. 26.
“The Slow Down Campaign has generated positive responses from the Homeowners Associations that have participated,” said Duane McKee, Cranberry Township's assistant manager. “Surveys showed that speeds were reduced.”
The campaign includes posting mounted permanent street signs that are placed in the housing plans along with signs that are placed in yards during the two separate weeks.
Speed trailers from both Cranberry and Zelienople also are used to remind motorists of their speeds and police patrols are stepped up during the campaign, said McKee.
Some of the signs placed in the yards read: “Be a Role Model: Drive 25,” “Show Your Pride: Slow Down Your Ride,” “Keep Kids Alive: Drive 25,” and “Hang Up and Drive 25.”
Ten homeowners' associations are signed up this year, but expected the number to reach at least the 13 that participated last year, said McKee.
The neighborhoods participating this year are: Hunters Creek, Cranberry Heights, Freedom Woods, Walden Pond, Autumn Hill, Winchester Lakes, Orchard Park, Pinehurst, Creekwood Commons and Lakevue Estates.
Freedom Road resident Dan Page during Thursday's township supervisor meeting requested that the program be extended homes along Freedom Road and place slow down signs in the years.
Township officials agreed to look to adding Freedom Road to the list of participating areas.
The goals for this year's program include larger signs, encouraging safe driving, doubling the number of yard signs, raising awareness of driving habits and slowing people down, according to McKee.
McKee explained that once the program's are completed, the township measures the success of the program by collecting before and after traffic data including speeds, volumes of traffic and moving violations including tickets and warnings.
The results and opinions of homeowner's associations are reviewed at their annual forum.