San Juan Police Department installs speed bumps in residential areas across city

In an effort to enforce traffic safety throughout several neighborhoods, the San Juan Police Department is installing speed bumps.

Daniel Loredo has lived in San Juan for over six years, and said his three children have never been able to play safely outside their home because so many drivers speed down his street.

"You have this guy who is going back and forth, just burning tire or just speeding down short streets like this here," Loredo said.

The San Juan Police Department began its Residential Speed Bump Initiative nearly 10 years ago in an effort to control drivers who speed in residential areas.

"They’re speeding to leave home or to go to work," said San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez. "They just need to be responsible drivers and motorists."

Loredo said his street needs speed bumps. In the past, Loredo has had to take matters into his own hands, especially at night.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I actually get leftover bricks from the old construction that we had here," said Loredo. "I mean, I just lay them out on the road so we have something for them to slow down, at least.”

There were over 1,000 accidents in the city of San Juan that were reported last year, Gonzalez said.

"30 of those accidents happened in residential areas. Out of those 30, we had 10 or 12 accidents that involved hit and runs and that involved a motorist speeding.”

As part of the initiative, speed bumps are installed every two years in areas where drivers are known to speed or drag race.

"It's very important that people drive 20 or 25 miles per hour in residential areas,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said the speed bumps cost $300 a pair, but at no cost to the taxpayer. The speed bumps are funded by asset forfeiture funds. Nearly 40 have already been installed in the past six months. A study was conducted by his team, using a speed trailer to determine the best areas where a speed bump is needed.

"We're not going to put a speed bump in an area where it's not going to be effective,” said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said part of their study focuses on making sure speed bumps are not going to slow down emergency response times for police and fire crews.

An additional 50 speed bumps should be installed in the next 6 months, according to Gonzalez.

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