Claydor Speed Control
Ever had a close call on Claydor Drive Have you ever wondered how fast the cars are actually traveling Me too, so when the city engineer offered to perform a traffic count I took him up on the offer. In one 24 hour period Claydor had 113 vehicles traveling between 35 and "75 mph plus". There were 17 traveling over 45 mph, and 2 traveling over 75 mph. Each year between 4800 and 6200 pedestrians are killed in the US by motor vehicles. In 2006 it was 5600, about average. Compare that to the number killed in motor vehicle collisions, usually under 20,000 a year. In 2006 there were about 18,500 (not inlcuding motorcyclists). Comparing the average miles driven per year (11,000 to 15,000) to the average miles walked per year in traffic, it\'s clear you are far more likely to be killed as a pedesrian than as a motor vehicle occupant. If you walk 300 miles a year, and drive 15,000, you are over 15 times more likely to die as a pedestrian. Also of note is the death rate versus the survival rate after pedestrians are struck by a motor vehicle. If the motor vehicle is traveling 46 mph or more (17 per day on Claydor) the death rate is 36.1%, the incapacitating injury rate is 33.7% and healthy survivors make up only 30.2 percent. Compare that to the survival rate at Detroit Receiving Hospital (1980 to 1997) from stab wounds to the heart: 58%. I think I would rather walk the mean streets of Detroit than walk on Claydor Drive. With 6 million motor vehicle wrecks a year and a total of 35,000 to 40,000 non-pedestrian, non-motorcycle fatalities, the death rate is a very low 0.625 percent. The overall rate of pedestrians killed after being struck by cars at speeds from 1 mph and up is 6.5%, over 10 times higher than that of car occupants. Sign this petition today and vote for just one: speed cameras, speed bumps, "No Through Traffic" signs, or traffic islands. Add any comments, such as second or third favorite choices, or if you are willing and able to contribute to the expense of having a gated community. See the city engineer\'s study on Claydor: Eastbound lane: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16944338@N00/2759340523/ Westbound lane: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16944338@N00/2759340955/ See the National Safety Council and the World Almanac for motor vehicle statistics. See www.NHTSA.dot.gov for pedestrian fatality rates. See http://www.aast.org for more details on trauma surgery.