After trying to solve speeding problems for over six years, Island Estates HOA finally finds a solution that works.
Island Estates HOA is a beautiful beachside gated community of 190 homes. It’s located on a 2.5-mile-long island with the Intracoastal Waterway on one side and a canal on the other. It offers private beach access, boat docks, and beautiful well-manicured lots.
Speeding cars were threatening the idyllic calm that Island Estates sought to offer its residents. The Island Estates Parkway is a 2.5 mile stretch of road through Island Estates HOA from one side of the island to the other. The speed limit is 25 mph and residential homes flank the street on both sides. The community is well protected with a full-time security gate plus a resident gate. But speeding cars were threatening that security.
Speeding is the number one complaint that the HOA receives. When speeds were tracked, many vehicles were found to be going over 35 mph despite the 25 mph posted limit. For the past 6 years, Island Estates has tried many tactics to reduce speeds. They ran awareness campaigns, installed radar signs, printed the speed limit on entrance passes, and tried verbal reminders from the entrance security guard. But speeding issues continued.
Island Estates needed a way to find out who was speeding so that they could stop dangerous driving and better protect their community.
Since the HOA is run by a board of community members, input was welcome on how to best solve the speeding that continued to plague the island. Residents did not want to invite police to the island to enforce limits but were wary of speed bumps. They decided to try the SafePace Guardian speed camera system from Traffic Logix.
The Guardian cameras captures images of speeding vehicles. Warnings are then automatically sent out to warn speed violators. The SafePace Cloud gives the board instant access to speed data on who, where, and when speeding is occurring. Island Estates installed 3 camera systems to help them get control of the speeding that was threatening the tranquility of their community.
The SafePace Guardian cameras are finally accomplishing what nothing else could for Island Estates. Cars are slowing down and streets are safer for residents to walk, bike and drive on. One resident even penned an apology letter after receiving a warning showing him speeding on community streets.
Maximum speeds were reduced by approximately 10 mph while the number of violations went down from 41% to only 11%. Drivers who continually violate speed limits are receiving further penalties including having the entry gate disabled so that they have to wait to enter at the main gate.
The HOA has found the system easy to use with its user-friendly interface, instant access to data, and excellent back-end support. Using the customized templates, Island Estates was able to design a warning that fit with their community’s look and feel and included the data they wanted drivers to see. The SafePace Cloud gives them remote access to their data as well as the ability to manage their cameras at the touch of a button.
Todd Buch, Board Member and Security Commission Chairperson, said “You can’t compare these cameras to anything we’ve used in the past. Nothing else worked and this does everything. It solved all our problems.”
Island Estates has extolled the amazing support they have received from Traffic Logix in addition to how well the cameras work to protect their roads.
“I highly recommend this product series to many other communities,” said Mr. Buch. “It is simply fantastic.”