Why aren't speed bumps put in place to slow down the traffic?
The control of speeding in residential neighborhoods, while maintaining acceptably safe street and roadway conditions, is a wide spread concern, which requires persistent law enforcement effort. The inability of posted speed limit signs to curb the intentional violator, leads to frequent requests for installation of "speed bumps" on public roads. However, actual tests of experimental designs have demonstrated the physical inability of a speed bump to control all types of lightweight and heavyweight vehicles successfully, In fact, a soft sprung sedan is encouraged to increase speed for a better ride, while some vehicles may lose control.

Courts have held public agencies liable for personal injuries resulting from faulty designs. Increased hazard to the unwary; challenges to the daredevils; disruption of the movement of both emergency and service vehicles; and undesirable increase in noise, have led Whatcom County to not consider speed bumps as a standard traffic control device on public roads.

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1. Why doesn’t Whatcom County install "Children at Play" signs?
2. Why aren't speed bumps put in place to slow down the traffic?
3. How are crosswalks defined and used?
4. What is the proper use of a stop sign?
5. What is the Federal Functional Classification of this road?