— It’s not the weather or the weather-related deaths that have kept Decatur residents awake at night.
They’re concerned about what’s happening in the streets.
A recent study found that the city’s most deadly street is disappearing.
“You hear about cars speeding through the streets and people getting killed, and you don’t hear about people going down the street to get their medicine,” said Debra Miller, a Decatur resident who works in the local health department.
The city is also under pressure from local leaders to build more of its own safe neighborhoods.
It needs to take a hard look at what’s going on in our neighborhoods, Miller said.
Decatur is a city of more than 2 million people, located just outside Atlanta.
More than a dozen states have passed laws to regulate urban areas and impose strict limits on speed, stopping, honking and honking, and there are signs the trend is starting to pick up.
Georgia is one of the few states that has not adopted a uniform law, which could make it harder to enforce the state standard.
Decades ago, the city adopted a zero-tolerance approach to street behavior.
As part of its effort to make Decatur safer, the council recently adopted a “zero-tolerant” code of conduct that includes strict speeding limits, parking restrictions and noise abatement.
Decatera is not the only city with a crackdown on speeding.
Atlanta, Georgia, also is taking a hard line on the use of speed cameras, and the city council passed a resolution this month calling on the state to ban the cameras and stop issuing licenses to operate them.
There have been more than 1,600 crashes involving cameras since the start of this year.
But the state hasn’t yet imposed a blanket ban on all camera use, and cities have been encouraged to experiment with other measures to control speeds.
Decatur Mayor Bill Easley says his city has no problem with cameras, but he worries that some cities may not have enough time to make the necessary changes.
He said he’s not aware of any cameras that are being used at the moment.
Last week, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was concerned that people might not be using them.
“It’s just kind of like an experiment,” he said.
At a recent city council meeting, council member James Smith suggested that people who use cameras could get tickets for speeding, reckless driving or running a red light.
Smith said he thinks it’s unfair to punish people for having a conversation with someone who’s not speeding.