Hi, this is my first time posting and I apologize if this is not the best place for this post. I live in NJ and have several neighbors who want speed humps/bumps put in place in on intersecting residential streets. I just have a couple questions about this as I am not in favor of them. I am worried that firetrucks/ambulances other emergency personnel will have to slow down significantly as a result, which could result in precious time lost that could have been spent helping someone in need. Is there any weight to this argument? I've tried to find research which shows that this may occur, any help is appreciated.
Moreover, my car is low to the ground - stock, no alterations (and I have a flawless driving record). If I were to go the speed limit, at 25mph, my car would surely (based on speed bumps elsewhere in the area) be impacted. The bottom scrapes/bottoms out, etc. Is the town liable for any damage assuming I was going the posted limit or below?
If I am required to slow down to 15 mph to go over a bump, does this infringe on my right to travel the limit if I wanted to?
Other points I'm trying to find evidence for are the fact that:
-bumps add to the noise level (there are a ton of landscaping trucks around and I fear it will drive me crazy)
-clean up in the winter time will be much worse due to the bumps...the roads are bad as it is on a flat surface
I would be in favor of four-way stops or heads up displays by speed limit signs showing drivers their current rate of speed. I'm just against the pumps, like I said, primarily because I'm nervous about emergency responders. Any help anyone can offer on any of these questions is appreciated.