Q: I live in a small condominium. Several residents complain about the speeding of vehicles and delivery trucks. We are considering placing signs for the 15 mph speed limit, although the streets outside of our area allow for faster travel. Can we do this, and what else can we do to slow down drivers and prevent injuries? -Margaret
BUT: In addition to posting speed limit signs, you must.
Your association, based on its guidelines, can create community guidelines and take steps to enforce those guidelines.
As with any association rule, the community traffic rule is applied in a similar way, for example, by establishing violations and even small fines.
Apartment owners may be held liable for guests breaking the rules. However, fining your neighbors may not be the best way to get people to slow down.
Placing speed limit signs is a great start. People are more likely to follow rules if they know what they are.
Signs are a great reminder for drivers to slow down. You can place other speeding restriction signs, such as “Kids are playing” or “Slow down”.
You can also install airbags at strategic locations in the community. Velocity bag placement is more a science than an art, so consult an experienced professional to determine the best location.
Be sure to check with your local building department because there may be requirements that you must follow before installing these anxiety devices.
Some communities buy electronic signs that display the speed of drivers and flash if they exceed a set limit. This device, especially when used with the methods mentioned above, is very effective as it provides visual feedback.
Finally, you can install a speed camera to catch intruders. But this only makes sense if the board wants to regularly monitor it and impose violations and fines on violators. This can be overwhelming in a small community like yours.
Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and certified by the Florida Bar Association as an expert in real estate law. He handles real estate, litigation and contract law from his office in Sunrise, Florida. He is Chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and co-host of the weekly radio show Legal News and Review. He frequently consults on general issues and trends in Florida real estate with various companies across the country. Send him questions online at www.sunsentinel.com/askpro or follow him on Twitter @GarySingerLaw.