FIGHT PROPERTY CRIME by increasing community based policing and creating neighborhood watch programs:
I’d like to help all of our communities develop and maintain Neighborhood Watch Programs. The Salt Lake Police Department acknowledges the importance of these programs and encourages them due to their success rates and overall cost efficiency, as seenhere.
In a 2008 study done by the U.S. Justice Department, communities that participated in a Neighborhood Watch program experienced a 16% average decrease in crime.(Journalist’sResource.org)
A community that is more aware of potential crime as well as informed about simple ways to reduce crime, is a safer community!
Bring together neighbors, police and fire to CREATE SAFE, EMERGENCY-READY NEIGHBORHOODS:
I’d like to improve on our community council networks and use them for better communication between neighborhoods throughout District 6, so that we can support each other in event of an emergency (in recent years we have had emergencies like oil spills and water main breaks).
The best way to overcome an emergency is to be prepared for an emergency. September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s top of mind for many right now and a good way to assess your household’s readiness. Neighborhoods that use resources available to organize and equip themselves for a disaster feel safer and more comfortable in their own communities.
STOP SPEEDERS AND CAR CRASHES – Join with police, neighbors, SLC Transportation and institutions to enforce speed limits and reduce automobile accidents:
It is easy to feel unsafe in your community when cars drive over the speed limits, especially in residential areas. Safety should be the top priority for residents, pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers, and I’d like to work with neighborhoods to find the best solutions for their areas (for example, speed bumps may be great on one street but not on another).
Cities like Boulder and Sacramento have found success in using traffic cameras to monitor speeding and completely stopping at stop signs and red lights. Drivers are more aware of their speed when they know they are being recorded and could be given a ticket if there is recorded evidence of their speeding. A cost-benefit analysis of a potential traffic camera in Salt Lake City, done through American Traffic Solutions, can be foundhere. Sadly, our current state laws don’t allow for these. Interested in getting that law changed? Let me know.
On a community scale, certain areas have addressed the problem of speeding through Neighborhood Speed Watch Programs. These programs provide ways for individuals to be trained to monitor speeding and to work with the local police department to control the dangerous driving that is observed in their neighborhoods and you can now use #speedwatchslc in your social media to report speeding issues.
Provide SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE SIDEWALKS AND STREETS for people of all abilities; pedestrians and cyclists:
Promote the Safe Routes to Schools program in all of our neighborhoods so that our students can get to school in a healthy, active way.
District 6 hosts many events that create a lot of vehicle and foot traffic on our roads. Event management though partnering with SLCPD is a high priority to ensure pedestrians and event-goers are able to cross streets safely after East High School football games or University of Utah sporting events.
The sidewalks in District 6 should be continuous, connected, and safe for wheelchairs, strollers, bikes, etc.
When people feel safe walking or cycling in their community, the vibrancy and overall unity of the community increases.
MANAGE COMMUTER TRAFFIC – Support and facilitate transit options for District 6:
The major institutions in the northeast corner of the valley bring a huge number of commuters through District 6 every day as workers and students travel to the U of U, the hospitals and Research Park. It’s extremely important Salt Lake City have a solid and open partnership with the U and agencies such asUDOT and UTA to ensure immediate and future plans for growth minimally impact District 6 residents and businesses.
Increased bus routes in District 6 will make for less pollution and more effective transportation for our residents.