Comment 94448

By Shempatolla (registered) - website | Posted November 07, 2013 at 10:19:38

Good news all around except for one aspect. Speed bumps. As an emergency services worker I can say without a doubt they are not helpful. Testing done by the IAFF and major fire services and other emergency services in North America have concluded that each speed hump adds between 6 and 8 seconds to the response time of an ambulance or fire truck responding to a scene. So 10 speed bumps on a street adds 1 FULL MINUTE to a response time. This can mean the difference between someone living or dying.

There are other traffic calming measures that are as effective as bumps that don't have a corresponding effect on emergency services response times.

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