(TNS)—Q: I live in a small condominium community. Several residents are complaining about speeding vehicles and delivery trucks. We are thinking of posting 15 mph speed limit signs, although the streets outside our community allow faster travel. Can we do this, and what else can we do to slow drivers down and prevent someone from getting hurt? — Margaret
A: Not only can you post speed limit signs, but you also should.
Your association, acting under the authority of its governing documents, may create community guidelines and take measures to enforce those rules.
Like any other association rule, a community traffic rule is enforced in similar ways, such as issuing violations and even small fines.
Unit owners can be held responsible for their guest’s violation of the rules. That said, fining your neighbors might not be the best way to get people to slow down.
Posting speed limit signs is a great start. People are more likely to follow the rules if they know what they are.
Signs are an excellent reminder to drivers to slow down. You can post other signs to curb speeding, such as “Children at Play” or “Slow Down.”
You can also install speed cushions at strategic places in the community. Speed cushion placement is more science than art, so consult with an experienced professional to determine the best locations.
Make sure to check with your local building department because there may be requirements for you to follow before installing these calming devices.
Some communities purchase electronic signs that display drivers’ speed, flashing it if they exceed the limit. This device, especially when used with the methods mentioned above, is very effective because it provides visual feedback.
Finally, you can install a speed monitoring camera to catch offenders. But this only makes sense if the board is willing to regularly monitor it and issue violations and fines to offenders. This may be overwhelming in a small community such as yours.
Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and board-certified as an expert in real estate law by the Florida Bar. He practices real estate, business litigation and contract law from his office in Sunrise, Florida. He is the chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and is a co-host of the weekly radio show Legal News and Review. He frequently consults on general real estate matters and trends in Florida with various companies across the nation. Send him questions online at www.sunsentinel.com/askpro or follow him on Twitter @GarySingerLaw.
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