Traffic & Pedestrian Safety
In Chanhassen, traffic safety is a common concern raised by citizens. In residential areas, unsafe driving behavior can deprive families of feeling safe in their neighborhoods. Police visibility/enforcement has only a temporary affect on traffic behavior. The key to reducing the risk of crashes and injuries is when citizens remember to follow the rules on roadway safety.
Rules of Roadway Safety
- Slow down and drive sensibly
- Be especially watchful for children near roadways, as they are small and unpredictable. A child under age 10 doesn't have the skills to judge a vehicle's speed, and has limited peripheral vision.
- Be respectful while driving through any neighborhood; drive slowly on all residential streets.
- Minimize your distractions:
o Postpone complex or emotional conversations on the cell phone or with passengers.
o If a passenger is distracting you, pull over where it is safe and legal to do so.
o Don't wait until you are driving to plan your route or attend to grooming.
- Be visible: Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials after dark.
- Always walk facing traffic.
- Never allow children to play in the street
- Reinforce "Stop, Look, Listen."
- Crosswalks are recommended when data indicates effectiveness. When the city receives a request for a crosswalk, staff will check if the basic criteria meets MnDOT regulations.