Dearborn, Michigan (WXYZ) — The city of Dearborn is installing speed humps in residential neighborhoods around the city for the first time to slow down traffic.
Along Hemlock Avenue, drivers are approaching rest stops to slow down at newly installed road signs and bumps.
Dearborn resident Trevor Ettenborough said, “It seems like a very clever idea and something important.” “Especially as fast as some people.”
“I actually noticed that the car was slowing down. It helps,” said Fatima Kasem, a resident.
The location is right next to Hemlock Park, a destination for families and kids. It is also adjacent to a residential area, and according to nearby residents, speeding is still a problem.
“A few years ago a child was hit by a car here too,” said Qassem. “I was a little scared because I have children.”
“This is no. One pressing problem for residents of the city is speeding and reckless driving,” Dearborn Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said.
Hammoud said there has been a 100% increase in speeding and reckless driving tickets this year. Speed Hump’s pilot program will start with three locations, but more locations are likely to be added.in the city online survey Residents posted their locations and received over 400 responses in just 12 hours.
“We are piloting this. I don’t have a good number in mind at the moment, but we will do everything we can to make our streets safe,” Hammoud said.
Hammoud said the city has earmarked $200,000 to fight reckless driving and speeding, and each area of the speed hump will cost about $6,000 to install.
Areas near parks and schools will be prioritized, but the mayor wants to expand more across the city. Those seven Action News spoke to want more, too.
“Yes, I wish I had one right next to my house,” said Qassem.
Speed humps are installed only in the section near Hemlock Park. Two more roads will be built next week along the city park.
If you would like to submit a location, the mayor will ask you to complete it. this survey.