I do not recommend speed bumps for liability reasons. Emergency equipment is slowed by them and this can lead to a lawsuit. Even violators who have lost control of vehicles have successfully sued.
If you want a more gentler approch rather than a lot of costly tickets, there is a local company that offers speed enforcement for local developements. They are Federally licensed for highway RADAR and instead of giving you a ticket, they give out information to the driver and a written report to the home owners association who sometimes decide to take further action, even by token fines.
The first offense results with the violators license plate being placed on the web site for 30 days along with their speed. second is a picture of the violator (offenses are videotaped as they occur) along with the plate. It is called the Hall of shame.
If you want more information on that company, email me. They service a large area in Washington-Oregon but I'm not sure the exact locations. They also perform these services on city streets for school zones with the schools permission.
It is basically a garden on the left side of the road and then a garden on the right side of the road that turns the 2 lanes into 1, some even combine it with a speed bump to make it more effective.
I would temper the suggestion with the fact that not everyone will be pleased with this solution.
Another option would be to request the police to frequent the area with speed traps....but first you should find out who owns the roads and the legitimacy of the speed limit and who has the charter to enforce it....communities can post speed limits that do not conform to state and county regs and may not be enforceable....they may simply be "advised" speed limits.
Good Luck, I have kids and want to keep them safe aswell, but my answer is to provide them a place to play and tell them not to play on the street.
Given the low limit I doubt the size of the complex is big enough for my second suggestion: Have the HOA hire off duty cops to patrol and ticket. My HOA does that, but the roads are public. If the roads are private about all they could do is report violators to the HOA for fines.
Finally speed bumps are a horrible idea, unless you like to reduce your property values, cause strain on cars and hear cars speeding up all the time. The worst place to live is anywhere near a speed bump or stop sign because of the changes in vehicle speed.
Since speeding is a violation of the CCRs, just like not mowing your grass or painting your front door pink, it can be enforced like any other deed violation. We are not under the "State's Radar Gun Operators'" code so, for all pratical purposes, my 10 year old can shoot radar and issue a DEED VIOLATION. NOT a ticket to be paid in court.
It doesn't take a professional landscaper to see if a yard needs mowing to declare it in violation nor do we need professional painters to determine if a front door is indeed pink. Likewise, we don't need a certified trained radar gun expert to shoot rader. In fact, our CCRs state that the POA will enforce CCRs via "it's agents".
Little green men, bicycles in the road, calling the cops? Really? I don't want my subdivision looking like Fred Sanford's junk yard.
Read the CCRs. I'll bet you have more control then you think.
I hope this has been helpful to you!
It sounds like you actually have what could be considered a driveway. Many people post signs of their own. The effectiveness is anyone's guess. I slow down as a matter of courtesy to the sign posters - not that I'm a speed demon anyway.
If it's a younger driver, try asking teens to apply some peer pressure. There is nothing worse than getting a rep as a jerk among that age group.
Hope that helps.
You probably know who the offenders are. Some one from the HOA should approach them individually and remind them of the hazards. It can be expensive to install bumps and difficult to get stop signs, but painting the road to LOOK like a speed bump with little "buttons" that make a noise may help. The HOA would have to vote on it.
I love Mike Ford's suggestion. It is important to make it a move-able obstacle otherwise people will eventually ignore it, just like the speed notice signs.
That is a tough one - I have seen this situation before and it is so important in keeping those kiddies safe! Calling the police is really the very best thing to do because there is no way to really enforce this yourself without hiring an in house type of patrol.
Speed bumps might be another idea, but then that could potentially open you up for some kind of liability, so I would say have the police come out.
Here is what we did. There was this Bank. Now I am not going to name the Bank. But if I was, it would be Bank of "the Country that I live in." Well this Bank had about 500 employees at this one center in Tampa. this Bank was very strict about employees arriving on time and the employees were equally strict about following the rules. The Bank's rules, not so much the Traffic Rules. This meant that my little road had early morning traffic that was going about 60 and 70 miles per hour.
So I went to Said Bank...Somewhere in AMERICA and had a little talk with the nice folks who worked in the bank. They nicely asked me if I Owned the Road? They had a point, I didn't own the road.....Hmmm What to do...What to do...?
Now this road was constructed in such manner that you couldn't see the end nearest the Bank from the other end of the road. So one morning we had a vehicle break down right there in the middle of the road. Damn big vehicle. Blocked the entire road. Imagine that....!
Then we (as a group) approached the bank. This did some good and they listened. Those folks who where present and they promised to "look into it" Uhhh OK.
Now remember, I was working in Law Enforcement at this time and I was still having a hard time getting the locals out there to run a Motorcycle traffic stop.
Next we had a car hit and some damage to a lawn, so we sent a letter to the bank letting them know that they would be party to any lawsuits that were filed if a child or pet was hurt.
This got us about a year of no speeders, but then of all things....people have some short memories. Which brings me to the final resolution. Park on the street. It is amazing how slow folks will go when they have to navigate through cars that are "randomly" parked on the street narrowing the "track" to 1 car width + a few inches on either side. Eventually the folks kinda get the message and stop using your street.
It works and by the time the traffic team gets to you, the problem is solved.
Good luck and let us know how it works out for you.
--We asked for the police to come out more and they started doing so. The presence slowed people down.
--10 MPH is tough. It might actually help to raise the speed limit to one that they are more likely to abide by eg 15.
--We added stop signs. They couldn't pick up too much speed unless they plowed through the stop sign. Like speed bumps, this is not always popular.