Traffic Calming

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Traffic Calming Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does “traffic calming” mean? From the Institute of Transportation Engineers: "Traffic Calming is the combination of mainly physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behavior and improve conditions for non-motorized street users." Goals included slower speeds, reduced collisions and reducing cut-through motor vehicle traffic.

  2. What are some examples of traffic calming devices and methods? Traffic calming measures include speed humps, speed tables, traffic circles and closures.

  3. Are stop signs traffic calming devices? No, by law stop signs are for traffic control, not to control speeds.

  4. How can my neighborhood get traffic calming devices? Sixty-five percent of households affected by a proposed traffic calming measure must sign a petition to be presented to the city of Brookhaven before the city can initiate a study. The City Council must then vote to approve the proposed measures presented by staff. Contact the Public Works Department at 404-637-0540 or for more information.

Current Traffic Calming Petitions and Information