With the weather drawing more people outdoors, Holly Springs police caution drivers on neighborhood streets to be extra careful. Ease off the gas pedal and keep your eyes peeled. Someone nearby may not be watching.
It could be a child chasing a bouncing ball into the street. It might be a weary jogger whose stride is wavering on the last mile. It could be someone stepping into view from behind a parked truck with a canine leading the charge.
Police Chief John Herring cautions that motorists should assume that such activity is going on around them as they pass through neighborhoods. That is why the speed limit on residential streets throughout Holly Springs is only 20 mph. "Proceed accordingly," Herring said.
With speeding in neighborhoods a common complaint, some neighborhoods seek additional ways to slow traffic since police cannot be everywhere, all the time. Requests for traffic “calming” devices such as speed humps are submitted to the Police Department.
Years ago, the town stopped granting requests for “Children at Play” signs, in part because they were considered ineffective and perhaps counterproductive. If speed limit signs failed to deter violators, why would signs with no legal bearing fare any better? Herring also worries that such signs might give children and parents a false sense of security.
Although they don’t want kids believing that it it’s safe to play in the street, police want motorists should assume that kids may be close to the street. Drivers should take care when passing bicyclists. They have a right to the road and a responsibility to obey traffic laws as well.
Homeowners can do their part by keeping sidewalks clear for pedestrians and by parking in driveways and garages instead of on the street whenever they can.