As Carroll County continues to grow and our roads become more congested, anxious drivers begin to
seek alternate routes by using local streets. These motorists, who are usually in a hurry, may
drive at excessive speeds, jeopardizing the safety and livability of our neighborhoods. Local
residents may also drive faster on their local streets because they feel familiar and comfortable.
Aggressive driving and a diminished respect for other drivers, pedestrians, traffic control devices,
and general "rules of the road" are also commonplace. Residents often seek measures to return their
streets to safe, calm, and livable conditions. The specific measures used to address excessive
speed and unnecessary through traffic are known as traffic calming.
What is traffic calming?
According to the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE), 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". Traffic calming strategies consist of a variety
of techniques to alter routes, driving habits, operational characteristics, and even modes of travel
within residential areas.
Residents concerned by traffic speed and safety on their neighborhood streets can request traffic
calming measures. Download the Policy on Traffic Calming
(PDF without photographs), Appendix 1 (PDF of petition form),
Appendix 3 (PDF of photographs) by clicking on the links, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
410-386-2157 for more information.