In a recent City of Miami Springs City Council Meeting, the Miami Springs Chief of Police, Armando Guzman, reported on speeding within the city.¬† The Miami Springs Police Department deployed pole mounted radar devices throughout the community to gauge the amount of traffic and speeding at different areas of the community.¬† Below you’ll find the speeding data at each of the locations:

500 SOUTH ROYAL POINCIANA BOULEVARD Р4/5/17 through 4/16/17 

Total Number of Vehicles Recorded:  16,895

  • POSTED SPEED LIMIT:¬† 35MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding:¬† 42% or 7,125 vehicles
  • Average Speed of Speeders:¬† 41 MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding 10 miles over the limit:¬† 7% or 1,111 vehicles
  • Highest Speed Recorded during the Testing Period:¬†¬†90 MPH

 

 

1900 BLOCK OF LUDLAM DRIVE Р4/21/17 through 5/7/17 

Total Number of Vehicles Recorded:  11,820

  • POSTED SPEED LIMIT:¬† 30MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding:¬† 52% or 6,182 vehicles
  • Average Speed of Speeders:¬† 35 MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding 10 miles over the limit:¬† 6% or 646 vehicles
  • Highest Speed Recorded¬†during the Testing ¬†Period:¬†¬†87 MPH

 

 

400 BLOCK OF SOUTH DRIVE Р3/27/18 through 4/23/18 

Total Number of Vehicles Recorded:  15,394

  • POSTED SPEED LIMIT:¬† 30MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding:¬† 47% or 7,287 vehicles
  • Average Speed of Speeders:¬† 35 MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding 10 miles over the limit:¬† 4% or 678 vehicles
  • Highest Speed Recorded¬†during the Testing Period:¬†¬†98 MPH

 

 

100 BLOCK OF HUNTING LODGE DRIVE Р4/26/18 through 5/9/18 

Total Number of Vehicles Recorded:  7,117

  • POSTED SPEED LIMIT:¬† 30MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding:¬† 48% or 3.388 vehicles
  • Average Speed of Speeders:¬† 35 MPH
  • Percentage of Vehicles Speeding 10 miles over the limit:¬† 4% or 265 vehicles
  • Highest Speed Recorded¬†during the Testing ¬†Period:¬†¬†72 MPH

 

Chief Guzman also reported on the Year over Year Comparison (2017 vs 2016) of violations, citations, arrests, traffic stops, and calls for service.  Miami Springs Police had issued a 57% increase in traffic violations last year:

  • TRAFFIC VIOLATION:¬† UP 57% IN 2017
  • Traffic Violations in 2017: 4,703
  • Traffic Violations in 2016: 2,995

Miami Springs Police also had a significant increase in the number of arrests last year, more than doubling the prior year’s numbers:

  • ARRESTS:¬† UP 66% IN 2017
  • 445 Arrests in 2017
  • 268 arrests in 2016

In addition to the increases in Traffic Violations and Arrests by the Miami Springs Police Department, the Department also handled a 40% increase in Service Calls year over year despite having virtually the same man-power year over year.

  • CALLS FOR SERVICE:¬† UP 40% IN 2017
  • 2017 Calls for Service:¬† 22,252
  • 2016 Calls for Service:¬† 15,946

EDITORIAL:¬† We thank Police Chief Guzman and the Miami Springs Police Department for keeping our community safe and doing more with the same amount of staffing.¬† However, as residents we cannot accept the numbers.¬† A 40% increase in calls last year is not likely to dwindle this year as new hotels on 36 street come online.¬† That’s more people occupying our city and requesting assistance from our police force.¬† The economy is strong and tourism and traffic is increasing.¬† Again, that’s a stress to our men and women in blue.¬† It’s time to think about increasing the number of police officers.

Furthermore, we would not accept random stray shootings happening on our streets.¬† How can anyone accept reckless drivers going in excess of 70, 80, and even 90 miles per hour on 30mph residential roads?¬† ¬†That is a deadly dangerous speed for residential roads and it’s just not acceptable.¬† ¬†Those speeds can and do kill.¬† And before you dismiss that nothing happens in Miami Springs, may I remind everyone that a¬† young man died on Westward and hurt his two passengers when he allegedly lost control of a speeding BMW in March of last year.

What’s worse is that the extreme speeding was caught in just a small sampling of time on just a couple of roads.¬† How many extreme speeders do we have on all the other streets that were not recorded or sampled?¬† As such, we highly encourage the city to take Council Woman Maria Mitchell’s suggestion to add traffic calming to the city seriously.¬† Whether we add speed bumps or traffic circles or other solutions, we need to solve the excess speeding once and for all.¬† Traffic calming is also a one time investment that can last for decades.¬† It gets the result of lowering speeds without taxing police resources even further.

As always, we welcome your commentary and feedback.

Sincerely,

Nestor Suarez
Publisher
MiamiSprings.com
Nestor@MiamiSprings.com

Photo by Mercy Valdes

 

Photo by Mercy Valdes

 

 

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