Let’s Not Meet By Accident

Charlotte Pipes sent in the photos below of an accident that happened at the corner of Ursulines and North Dupre on the morning of January 15, 2016.
Charlotte reported that no one was injured.


Please drive safely.

The life you save may be your own!


Neighborhood speeding is a serious and pervasive problem. Our neighborhood streets — where people walk and kids play — are becoming speedways. Too many drivers still think it’s okay to drive 5, 10 or 15 mph over the neighborhood limit, unaware that they won’t be able to stop in time to avoid a tragedy. Slow down in neighborhoods, and keep it under 25.


Tips below courtesy wikihow

Driving safely is important any time you are behind the wheel of a car, whether you are in a parking lot or on a major highway. Residential areas require you to be even more careful because there are often children, pets and other members of the neighborhood walking, playing and riding bikes. Many people are harmed or killed every year by people who are speeding or not paying attention when they drive through residential communities carelessly. Drive safely in a residential area by staying alert to your surroundings, obeying the speed limit and not getting distracted while you drive.

Remember to keep watch for the unexpected in residential neighborhoods. There are often blind corners, sudden turns and trees, light poles and other obstructions that can make it hard to see while you are driving.

Inspect your car before you drive it. Look for safety issues such as worn tires, leaking oil or faulty mirrors.

Wear your seatbelt and make sure any passengers are wearing their seatbelts as well. Buckle children into proper car seats and restraints.

Pay attention to the speed limit. There are often signs posted telling you what the maximum allowed speed is.

Keep your speed between 20 and 25 mph (32 and 40 km/h) if you do not see any posted signs.

Stay on your side of the road. Streets in residential neighborhoods are often narrower than major streets and highways. Make sure you are not taking up the whole road, especially when there is oncoming traffic.

Come to a complete stop at all stop signs
. Some people are tempted to roll through stop signs, especially on quiet residential streets where they think no one will notice. Look in all directions before you move again.

Check for people who might be crossing the street, and wait for them. Many residential streets do not have crosswalks, so you need to pay attention to anyone who needs to cross. Pedestrians always have the right of way.

Observe all rules of the road
. In addition to speed limits and stop signs, pay attention to other traffic rules. Look for signs that prohibit U-turns, identify one way streets and ask you to yield. Use turn signals when you need to turn and make sure your lights are on in the evening or during rain.

Put down your phone and other distractions. Do not talk or text on your mobile phone while you drive through residential neighborhoods.

Pull over if you have an emergency call you need to make or take. Even hands-free devices can be distracting while you are driving.

Notice road conditions. Go especially slow if there are potholes or weather conditions that might make the roads in a residential area slippery.

Try not to use residential streets as shortcuts. Increased traffic through these streets contributes to a higher risk of injury and makes the neighborhood more dangerous.

Look for parking prohibitions and regulations
. Do not park on the side of the road, or in front of someone’s house unless it is permitted.

Make sure there is enough room left on the road for motorists to safely pass your car if you do pull over to park. Watch for parked cars while you are driving. Look for people who might be opening doors to get out of those cars.

Yield to vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, snow plows, street sweepers and others that might be working to keep the neighborhood safe and clean.

Watch for bikes, motorcycles, scooters and other smaller vehicles that might be on the roads. They can be harder to spot, especially at night.