CPD finds ways to slow down drivers


Trent Willhite

Even though speed cushions have been added to some roads, pedestrians are still getting hit by speeding cars, such as the two UC students who were hit by them in September. Even if cars aren’t speeding, pedestrians can still get hit, as evidenced by the eight-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car, which the police don’t believe was speeding, in Bond Hill.

Landon Stinson

The Cincinnati Police Department completed a two-week traffic enforcement blitz, which started on Oct. 10. The blitz was meant to educate drivers about the consequences that can come from high-risk driving. The initiative began after two UC students were hit by a car while crossing the street on Sept. 28, which killed one of them. 

With hit-and-runs like this occurring so close to WHHS, some students think that there is not enough being done to prevent speeding and dangerous driving.

Honors science teacher, Jayma Hazelbaker does not think enough is being done to prevent speeding. “It’s very concerning,” she said.

In total, 557 tickets were given out for violations, with 290 of them being speeding tickets. Even if cars are not speeding, it is still important for pedestrians to use the right safety precautions when crossing the street.

“If you don’t use the right precautions you can get hit,” Alex Gerwe, ‘26 said.

One thing the city has done to battle speeding since last year is adding more speed cushions around the city, with data showing that they help significantly in slowing down cars. The city first installed temporary speed cushions on Winneste Avenue, located in Winton Hills, in September of 2021, and they were removed in December of the same year. 

Data collected by the Department of Transportation and Engineering shows that only 11% of drivers exceeded the speed limit, which is a big change, compared to the 95% before the addition of the speed cushions.

We’re very excited about the results of our pilot project in Winton Hills,” John Brazina, director of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) told the city of Cincinnati. “Speed cushions are going to be game-changing when it comes to reducing speeding in our neighborhoods.”