A calming, serene private community and golf course keeps roads safe with a system that slows speeders down for the long run and is simple, and intuitive to use.
The Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens is a prestigious private community with world class amenities. With just under 500 luxury homes, its tennis courts, resort style pool, playground facilities, and fitness center are a draw to a growing number of young families.
Safety is a key priority for Frenchman’s Reserve. More than half of the community consists of young families. Residents are often outside as they make use of the many services and amenities or simply enjoy the beautiful weather. When speeding became a concern, the HOA tried tools like radar and laser units but found them to be cumbersome to manage. In addition, these devices required lengthy training as well as state mandated licensing.
The community speed limit is 25 mph on the main thoroughfare and the 7 streets that branch off of it. Residents complained of cars speeding by as they took their young children out biking or headed to the pool or tennis courts. Other residents were concerned for their safety as they played golf or enjoyed the community’s many dining options.
Frenchman’s Reserve wanted a way to slow cars down and keep people moving safely around the beautiful community. The goal was to find a solution that was easy to use, simple to learn, and effective.
Frenchman’s Reserve chose a combination solution that increases awareness while also warning violators. The Guardian Awareness camera system includes a radar sign that displays driver speeds and is connected to a speed camera. Drivers who exceed the designated speed are photographed and videoed.
While radar signs alone are often enough to slow cars down as drivers become more aware of their speeds, the Guardian system added the extra layer of enforcement that the community wanted to stop speeders in their tracks.
Data from the signs and cameras is automatically sent to the SafePace Cloud. When a driver is photographed speeding, a citation is generated and emailed to the HOA. The system is easy and intuitive to use and has been changing the way that people drive on Frenchman’s Reserve roads.
The Guardian Awareness system has brought welcome change to Frenchman’s Reserve.
The community briefed residents on what to expect before the devices were installed so that drivers would not be caught unaware. Residents were open and interested in the solutions.
The Guardian Awareness system has been extremely effective in slowing cars down and returning safety to beautiful Frenchman’s Reserve.
Some residents received notifications that they were speeding; the first of which is issued simply as a warning. But that warning alone seems to be enough to create long lasting change.
“We have not seen a single repeat offense,” remarked Mr. Latalladi, the General Manager at Frenchman’s Reserve.
The community management is particularly pleased that the system can deliver citation notices automatically via email through the cloud.
“Using this system [versus the other ones they’ve tried] has literally cut the time in half,” said Mr. Latalladi.