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Reps. Leland, Boggs testify on bill to allow local communities to advocate for traffic safety measures

Says bill empowers residents to create safer roads
January 31, 2020
David Leland News

 COLUMBUS— State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and David Leland (D-Columbus) testified Tuesday on House Bill (HB) 384, their bill to allow local residents the ability to petition for the installation of stop signs or reduced speed limits in their neighborhoods.

HB 384 is the result of conversations with Columbus residents who want more control when determining if additional stop signs and lower speed limits are necessary to keep their streets safe.

“Our constituents deserve a clear process to advocate for the safety measures they believe will best serve their communities,” said Boggs. “This bill will give them a voice to promote the safety of their streets.”

Under current local law, residents do not have a defined way to advocate for these safety measures, and in order to make these changes, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) must commission a costly geometric and traffic characteristic study. This bill thus simultaneously cuts unnecessary costs while empowering communities.

“This is a classic example of representatives going to work for their constituents,” said Leland. “Someone came to us with a problem, and this bill is the solution.”

At this time, HB 384 awaits a second hearing in the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee.