Safer Streets Campaign
Are You Willing to Take the Pledge for Safer Streets?
The Daniel Island Neighborhood Association has kicked off it’s 3-month social media campaign aimed at increasing safety awareness on Daniel Island. Every Wednesday – DINA will share on their Facebook page (Daniel Island Neighborhood Association) – where they’ll zero in on one safety tip for that week and encourage you to comment, like, and share it so, together, we can spread the word and make our community safer.
The POA will also take the weekly posts and add them here for those who do not have Facebook.
Week of June 24th:
How Do I Get Speed Humps on My Street?
To begin the process for your street to be considered for speed humps, email the DINA President email@example.com to receive the traffic calming packet. Within that packet, there is a petition and 75% of the residents of the street requesting the speed hump installation must sign the petition. Once the petition is received, the city will conduct the necessary traffic calming studies to see if your street meets the speed and volume requirements to have these traffic calming devices installed.
It is important to note that speed humps are not recommended on curves. The curvature of the road creates an unsafe condition as vehicles traverse the speed hump. Vehicles could potentially be thrown to one side if the speed hump is not visible or approached at an excessive speed. Neither speed humps nor street parking should be installed in a horizontal curve of 300 foot radius or more.
*Any new speed hump request that meets the criteria would be considered in the next fiscal year, as the department has been fulfilling a waiting list of requests including along Iron Bottom Lane.
Week of June 17th:
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts your attention from driving. Activities such as talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, applying makeup, talking to people in your vehicle, and fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system. Essentially, distracted driving includes anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
TEXTING IS THE MOST ALARMING DISTRACTION! At 55 mph, taking your eyes off the road for just 5 seconds to send or read a text is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!
You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
*Since 2007, drivers age 16-24 have been distracted by devices at higher rates than other drivers.
*Since 2012, female drivers are the most at-risk for fatal crashes involving distracted drivers, but we’re all at risk, and you can make a difference.
* In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
Consider these tips for safe driving:
– If you must send or receive a text, pull over to a safe location and park your car first.
– If you have passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to handle all your texting.
– If you can’t resist the temptation to look at your phone, resolve to keep it in the trunk.
– Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.
– Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in your car is distracted.
– Encourage your friends and family to drive phone-free.
Please, we ask all residents to #justdrive!
Week of June 10th:
With the new roundabout traffic pattern at Daniel Island Drive and Seven Farms Drive, we’d like to review best practices for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians when navigating a roundabout.
– SLOW DOWN when approaching a roundabout.
– WATCH for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
– WATCH for bicyclists and ALLOW THEM TO MERGE INTO THE ENTRY LANE.
– YIELD to traffic already in the roundabout.
– MERGE into the traffic flow when it is safe.
– DO NOT STOP in the roundabout except to avoid a collision. Continue through the roundabout until you reach your exit.
– Exit the roundabout immediately if an emergency vehicle approaches and then pull over.
– YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS WHEN EXITING THE ROUNDABOUT.
– RIDE LIKE A CAR. If you are comfortable riding in traffic, follow the same rules as vehicles and yield when entering the roundabout.
– WALK LIKE A PEDESTRIAN. If you are uncomfortable riding in traffic, walk your bicycle as a pedestrian on the sidewalk and in the crosswalks.
– ALWAYS USE CROSSWALKS. Cross only at crosswalks and always stay on the designated walkways.
– NEVER CROSS TO THE CENTRAL ISLAND.
– USE PEDESTRIAN REFUGE in the splitter island. It allows you to cross the roundabout one approach at a time and check for approaching traffic.
– BE SAFE. Only cross when drivers see you and stop for you or wait until there is an adequate gap.
Week of June 3rd:
Article VIII in the City of Charleston’s Code of Ordinances and Section 56-5-2530 in the South Carolina Code of Laws address vehicle parking. Here are the answers to some of the most common parking questions we receive.
It is unlawful to park…
1. Within 20 feet from the edge of a crosswalk (a crosswalk is typically 10 feet wide, so parking is actually restricted within 30 feet from the intersection in which there is a crosswalk).
2. On a crosswalk.
3. Within 30 feet of the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or other traffic-control signal.
4. Within 15 feet on either side of a fire hydrant.
5. Within 3 feet on either side of a public or private driveway and on the side of the street opposite any public or private driveway in such a manner as to inhibit the entry or departure from the driveway.
6. Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of the street opposite any fire station.
Other Points to Note…
1. Parking on Curves
Preventing parking on curves allows for clear line of sight. For everyone’s safety, not parking on curves is encouraged, and often “NO PARKING THIS SIDE OF STREET” will be placed to avoid parking on curves.
2. Distance from Curb
Wherever lines have been painted to indicate parking spaces, vehicles are to be parked entirely within those lines. If there are no lines, vehicles are to be parked within 12 inches from the curb.
3. Road Width when Determining Street Parking
At least 10 feet in width for each direction of traffic must be unobstructed to allow the free movement of traffic. Therefore, single side on-street parking requires a minimum of 27 feet of pavement width for two-way traffic (allowing 7 feet in width for parked cars and 10 feet in width for each direction of traffic).
Week of May 27th:
2013 South Carolina Code of Laws Title 56, Chapter 2, Section 56-2-105 addresses golf carts. The link at the end takes you to the law in its entirety.
- An individual or business owner of a golf cart must have a permit decal and registration from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). To obtain the decal and registration, you must present proof of ownership, liability insurance for the golf cart, and pay a $5.00 fee.
- Golf carts may only be operated during daylight hours, within 4 miles of the address on the registration certificate, and on a street with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.
- Any person operating a permitted golf cart must be at least 16 years of age AND hold a valid driver’s license. The operator of a permitted golf cart must have in possession: A) The registration certificate issued by the DMV; B) Proof of liability insurance for the golf cart; and C) driver’s license.
- A golf cart permit must be replaced with a new permit every 5 years, or at the time the permit holder changes address.
More info HERE.
Week of May 20th:
Article V, Division 3 of the City of Charleston’s Code of Ordinances addresses regulations pertaining to bicycles. The link below takes you to all of those regulations. Here we highlight those most Daniel Island residents ask about.
- Every person riding a bicycle on a roadway has the same rights — and the same duties and responsibilities — as the driver of a vehicle. This means that a bicyclist must obey traffic control signals, signs, and other control devices the same as the driver of a vehicle, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
- Riding a bicycle on a sidewalk is prohibited except: A) Children 12 years of age or younger and whose bicycle wheel diameter is 24 inches or less; B) Where the sidewalk is designated by the Traffic & Transportation Department as a shared-use path measuring at least 8 feet in width [we do not have any such sidewalks on Daniel Island]; C) Where the adjacent highway has a posted speed limit of 35 mph or more.
- If you are permitted to ride on a sidewalk, upon encountering a crosswalk, you must dismount and walk your bicycle across.
- Bicycles shall not be operated in a reckless manner. Any person permitted in the above to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk must — at all times — ride the bicycle with due care and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians using the sidewalk.
More info HERE.