Speeding initiative

Join the Neighborhood Speeding initiative

As you may recall, last year the Board of Supervisors approved funding for my initiative against neighborhood speeding.  This initiative will provide the beginnings of an enhanced public outreach effort asking people to slow down, obey the speed limit, and follow safe driving practices.  You and I know that neighborhood speeding is a primary concern of our neighbors.  The Police Department tells us that most speeding in a neighborhood is done by its own residents.  Therefore, it is imperative for us to take the lead in convincing our neighbors to drive safely.

When I was civic association president, our community found success in the concept of “voluntary compliance.”  Residents made the joint commitment to learn about, and follow, the law.  I believe this concept can help us work together to combat neighborhood speeding.

I have created a draft resolution that I ask you to consider placing before your neighborhood association for approval.  Of course, passage of a resolution is not enough, but along with follow up through your regular channels of neighborhood communication we can make a difference.  If you will join me in this effort to seek the voluntary compliance of our residents to traffic laws and safe driving practices, I believe we can make strong progress on this issue.

I will issue certificates of participation to each neighborhood which adopts a safe driving initiative or resolution along the lines of what I provide here.  I hope you will join me in this important effort.



John C . Cook


Sample Resolution

Whereas, the safety of our community is of great interest to our association, and

Whereas, our residents enjoy walking, bicycle riding, and playing in their yards, and

Whereas, the safety and enjoyment of our community is diminished by drivers who speed through the neighborhood, and

Whereas, the Fairfax County Police inform us that the majority of speeding in a neighborhood is done by its own residents, and

Whereas , our Braddock District Supervisor, John C. Cook, and the entire Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, has made combating speeding a district and county priority, and

Whereas, our voluntary adherence to the speed limit and safe driving practices will provide an important means of addressing this issue,

Be it now resolved, that the members of the [community] home owners/civic association hereby declare [name of community] to be a “Safe Driving Community” in Fairfax County, and call on all members of our community to slow down, obey the speed limit, and employ  safe driving practices for the safety and quite enjoyment of our residents.

Approved this _____ day of _________, 2014. 

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