Purpose: Create a plan and budget for slowing highway traffic through a small town, then presenting this plan to the Town Council.
Backstory: We live in a small town in Wyoming. A busy state highway runs through the middle of our town. The posted speed limit on the highway is 65 miles an hour to the west, and 45 miles an hour to the east (intersection). There are both reduce speed and speed limit signs at both ends of town, well before you enter in either direction. The posted highway speed limit in town is 35 miles per hour. We live on the corner of the highway as you come into town from the west. Semis come hurtling down the hill at all hours of the day and night, at all speeds.
I get really angry and frustrated, and I want to stand in the middle of the highway with big signs or air traffic control signals, but those are probably not very effective solutions!
I have seen vehicles, not just big trucks, but other vehicles as well (they are just more noticeable because of the noise), come flying past our house at incomprehensible speeds. They worry me, because if anyone of those lost control of the vehicle, we'd have extra guests for supper because they'd be sitting in our living room. There are all manner of dogs and kids in this community, and people walk across the highway all the time.
The town has one of those electronic speed reading machines (I don't know the official name). Sometimes they set it up in front of our house, and it seems to help, but even when it's there, it's not always on.
We've thought about putting up silhouettes of children, or people near the highway, or one of those little SLOW children people, or even a sign, but then I don't know. When our sherriff or police officer do sit nearby, they get plenty of action.
What are some ideas that you ladies have? How would you make your town safer?