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Traffic calming devices bill passes in St. Louis City

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Speed humps could soon line residential streets throughout the City of St. Louis, forcing drivers to slow down.

Speeding and reckless driving has gotten so bad, some city leaders call it an emergency. The legislation, which passed Thursday, would open the door for traffic calming devices to be places on city streets.           

One of the devices is called a speed hump, which is different than a speed bump. Some city leaders said they would bring St. Louis in line with other larger cities to make streets safer.

Prior to the bill passing, Ward 27 Alderman Chris Carter said speeding and reckless driving was the number one complaint most aldermen receive.               

“All of us would love to have an officer sit on the street and monitor traffic to slow folks down, but let's just be honest, it's not going to happen,” said Carter.

Carter said he was proposing devices like speed humps that would be 3-to-4 inches high.

“They [drivers] will have to slow down to ride over these,” said Carter.

Another device being proposed is called a chicane which slows the flow of traffic by creating curves.

Ward 23 Alderman Joe Vaccaro said he is already scouting out areas in his ward to add speed humps.

“I think it’s long overdue,” said Vaccaro.

City leaders said the devices would not be allowed on snow routes.

“You can see that someone was flying down the street and hit the sign and this is the type of stuff we are trying to stop,” said Carter.

Carter and the City Streets Department recently went to Kansas City to see the devices in action.

Carter said it is time for St. Louis to “get with the times,” especially with the recent rash of pedestrians being hit by speeding cars.

“This is an emergency, so I definitely want to add an emergency clause to this to make sure we put it into law as quickly as possible,” said Carter.

Each speed hump would cost $2,500 to $5,000 to install.

Carter said he believes the city will begin to see traffic calming devices by the end of summer 2016.       

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