Did you Know?
The County of Sonoma consists of 1,768 square miles – more than the entire state of Rhode Island. Throughout the unincorporated area of the County, there are 1,380 miles of roads and 328 bridges. It would take nearly 40 hours behind the wheel to cover every mile of County road driving at an average speed of 35 MPH.
Santa Rosa, CA – April 7, 2019 – SANTA ROSA, CA – The County of Sonoma Department of
Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced the second element of a
new traffic calming program in response to recent fatalities and concerns among
TPW officials and County residents about unsafe and aggressive driving. The new
tactic involves the placement of three separate and straightforward warning
signs, “Don’t Kill”, “Don’t Die”, and “Slow Down” along road segments that are
known trouble spots. The measure follows the acquisition and deployment of a radar feedback sign trailer
Countywide in response to community concerns.
“One fatality is too many.
That’s why we’re prioritizing this effort on behalf of Sonoma County families
whose loved ones were taken too soon,” District 2 Supervisor and Board Chair, David Rabbitt, said. “The combination
of aggressive, and in many cases distracted or impaired driving, are at the
root of this issue. We need to deal with it across multiple fronts through
engineering, education, and enforcement. I’m confident that we’ll continue to
find effective solutions in cooperation with our community partners.”
“This pilot program is aimed
at increasing driver awareness to reduce collisions that are the result of
impaired, distracted, or aggressive driving,” Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works,
Johannes J. Hoevertsz, said. “We’re concerned about the increase in
aggressive driving throughout the County and will continue to work with our
partners on creative strategies that safeguard our public roadways to the
greatest extent possible.”
In December 2018, TPW introduced
speed display technology as a temporary and visible effort to support law
enforcement and bring awareness to trouble spots where motorists are driving
beyond a safe and legal limit. Additional efforts include new signage displaying
the number of accidents and fatalities along a particular road segment
experiencing a high number of collisions.
In January of this year, over 80
speed zones Countywide were recertified and adopted by the Board of Supervisors
in support of speed limit enforcement by California Highway Patrol. Additional
efforts could include participation in the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, which
is a national strategy that prioritizes traffic safety culture as a tool to
reduce serious injuries, with the goal of a road system free of fatalities.
For more information regarding
the new TPW direct signage public education pilot program, or for general
information about the Department of Transportation and Public Works, please
visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/TPW, email TPW@sonoma-county.org,
or contact (707) 565-2231.