What are people thinking? Quiet residential streets in Raleigh, many of them lined with homes to kids and small animals (and regular sized humans, too) often find their peace pierced by engines accelerating far past the commonly posted limits of 25 miles an hour.
And they often arent just cheating the limit a little. Theyre shattering it, going 50 in a 35 or 40 in a 25.
Consider that from behind those parked cars along the street could come small children, merrily darting after a ball or a friend or a pet. The difference between the driver going 40 and going 20 could literally be life and death.
Raleigh workers have of late been painting signs for five test streets around the city. The signs say, No Need to Speed. If this sort of campaign works, great. If it doesnt, the city shouldnt hesitate to lower residential speed limits and stick the wrongdoers with some fines.
A crackdown cant come soon enough. We may not be able to protect people from their own recklessness, but we can punish them for it.