I just got home and sent my story on the meeting tonight about
the Hansville speed tables.
I wrote that there were easily over 100 people there. I’m didn’t
have time to get any sort of count, and I really didn’t want to
overestimate. Regardless, the Hansville Community Center was
Given space limitations, there’s quite a bit that never fits in
stories. I didn’t even get to stay until the end of the meeting
because of my deadline. (People started leaving as I was writing in
my car in the parking lot around 10 p.m.)
One of the points that the anti-table folks have focused on is
emergency response times, and how they belive the tables will slow
police and fire responses.
Sheriff Steve Boyer and NKF&R Chief Dan Smith said the
effect was negligible, though some in the audience expressed more
serious concerns over Smith’s estimation that each table slows a
truck by about five seconds.
It’s clear the thought of “what ifs” is part of the concern over
Smith said ambulances rarely leave scenes with lights and sirens
because patients are treated in the ambulance.
Smith also said he analyzed response times for the Hansville
area in 07, and 08 (which would be post-table install.) and that
they’ve actually gone down by about 30 seconds and that Hansville
is typically an area with the fastest response times.
So, the tables slow emergency response vehicles. No surprise
given that’s the intent of the devices. (To slow vehicles, not just
police and firetrucks, of course.) but data after the install says
paramedics and firefighters are arriving quicker.
So are they good or bad? Well, this example seems to illustrate
the complicated nuances of the pro vs. anti sentiments and how
nearly every element to the debate is in dispute. It will be
interesting to see how this works itself out.