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Won't a "CHILDREN AT PLAY" sign help protect our kids?
While it may seem that this sign would protect neighborhood youngsters, research indicates otherwise. Although some communities have posted these signs in residential areas, no evidence exists showing that these signs help reduce pedestrian accidents or lower speeds. In fact, studies have shown that many signs in residential areas, which are installed to "warn" people of normal conditions, fail to improve safety and actually reduces safety for the following reasons.

Signs are used to guide and direct motorists. However, unnecessary signs can confuse and distract motorists. Use of unnecessary signs can promote disrespect for all signs. The best example is the "CHILDREN AT PLAY" sign.

Since children live on nearly every residential block, if used, the signs would have to be placed on each street. Blocks with no signs might imply that no children live there, so less caution can be used.

Pedestrians can get a false sense of security since drivers often disregard these signs. Signs that encourage parents or children to believe they have added protection do more harm than good. Children should not be encouraged to play in or near the street. Federal standards reject these signs because they openly suggest that playing in the street is acceptable.

Cars speed through our neighborhood; can't you put up a "STOP" sign?
"STOP" signs are regularly requested by citizens with the expectation that they will control speeds or reduce volume in residential neighborhoods. Studies both locally and nationally have shown that this is not the case. The speed reduction is only effective in the immediate vicinity of the "STOP" sign and frequently speeds are actually higher between intersections.

While most drivers are reasonable and prudent, any device can be ignored or circumvented by a determined motorist, and unwarranted "STOP" signs, such as those used as speed breakers, may result in flagrant violations and promote disrespect for all "STOP" signs. "STOP" signs are vital to controlling intersections and we cannot allow respect for these signs to diminish because of misuse.

What are "SPEED HUMPS" and will they work in my neighborhood?
"SPEED HUMPS" are rounded raised areas placed across the roadway. They are generally 10 to 14 feet long, making them distinct from the shorter "speed bumps" found in many parking lots, which are 3 to 4 inches high. While "SPEED HUMPS" are effective in slowing traffic, they do have some disadvantages including: causing a "rough ride" for all drivers and forcing large emergency vehicles to travel at slower speeds.

"SPEED HUMPS" are part of The City of Olathe's Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program; however there are established criteria to be met before "SPEED HUMPS" can be installed. Please call the Public Works:Traffic Division at 971-9045 for more information.