The Denver District 1 Council Office partnered with Denver Police District 1 (DPD1) to improve street safety for northwest Denver. While our local police district has seen overall improvements in crime numbers and done great job leading Denver in community outreach and proactive policing, when it comes to speeding to some degree we all rely on licensed drivers to follow the rules of the road. While, the majority of drivers are doing good, we could do better, and to help Councilman Espinoza has donated $4,000 to DPD1 to purchase re-locatable speed signs to be used in District 1 locations where drivers could benefit by being alerted to their speed.
Commander Paul Pazen, DPD1 Officers and residents have provided input on areas of concern, particularly areas with high potential for injury to the people of Northwest Denver, and both Cmdr. Pazen and Denver District 1 Councilman Rafael Espinoza believe these signs will significantly help improve driver behavior and reduce traffic speeds.
Studies on moveable speed signs show that they provide significant decreases in driver speeds where signs are or have been located.
“Neighborhoods in my district have been worried about the effect increasingly high traffic speeds have on their quality of life and their children's safety,” said Espinoza. “While long-term solutions would include increased funding for the department, I felt it was imperative for my office to use district office savings to directly reduce the risk to people in District 1. We hope this will help reduce traffic speed, and I remain committed to advocating for efforts to control traffic speeds and improve safety for Northwest Denver residents.”
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