Bal Harbour has launched a “Twenty is Plenty” campaign to remind drivers to adhere to the 20-mph speed limit in residential neighborhoods.
Police Chief Mark Overton said he was motivated to start the campaign after hearing residents’ concerns.
“Since January, I have been listening to the residents’ concerns that drivers are not adhering to 20-mph speed limit within the residential community,” Overton said. “This is in response to their concerns and is an example of our commitment to problem solve with our community's input.”
Overton said there hasn’t been an accident, but the campaign is an effort to prevent any from happening.
“The speed limit is 20 mph with in the entire residential community of Bal Harbour Village,” he said. “There are no sidewalks within these neighborhoods and a lot residents walk, bike, and run along the side of the roadways. Therefore, it is important for drivers to slow down and obey the posted speed limit.”
So far, the police department has sent residents a letter explaining the program, printed information cards with statistics. The village also has used electronic message boards, its website and social media to highlight the message.
“I believe it has been well received by the residents and since we initiated the program we have issued 25 warnings and eight citations,” Overton said. “The information campaign seems to have had a positive impact. The goal is not to write a hundred citations, it is to gain compliance and we are seeing that.”