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At least one household on the 3600 block of Garrison Street in Point Loma is getting serious about speeding cars in their neighborhood. Recently, one of the same homeowners who decorates elaborately for Christmas put out a plastic green boy facing the street; the figure has the word “SLOW” written on it and holds an orange flag.

Garrison Street splits off Rosecrans Street, the main traffic artery used by sub-base employees and others who work toward the west end of Rosecrans. Garrison Street is used at rush hour as a shortcut to reach Chatsworth Boulevard, another well-used thoroughfare.

A resident told me that rush-hour traffic drivers are "in a hurry to get to Nimitz Boulevard, which feeds directly onto Interstate 8." The residential speed limit is 25 miles per hour, and Dana Middle School is right around the corner.

In recent years, other Point Loma residential areas (such as Venice Street) have gotten speed bumps installed to slow down speeders. On Leland Street near the Sports Arena, blinking speed-limit signs — which gauge how fast cars are going as they pass by — have been installed.

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Visduh March 26, 2011 @ 12:10 p.m.

How many of us think "a plastic green boy facing the street; the figure has the word “SLOW” written on it and holds an orange flag" is getting serious? "Serious" traffic calming requires more than sign-based cajolery. Speed humps, four-way stops and speed monitoring are about as serious as anyone gets these days, and even those often fail to slow down the worst speeders. No, that plastic boy is just the result of frustration and no other options. It will not make a noticeable change in vehicle speeds.

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Gail Powell March 27, 2011 @ 8:56 a.m.

@Visduh I respectfully disagree with you. Traffic calming measures are probably the next step. These people that live here are rich and probably well-connected. They could have a speed bump or blinking SLOW signs put up very quickly. However, just calling attention to the fact that speeding is being recognized is like what community outreach does-it gets stuff noticed. Which is what I think the little green plastic man will do, albeit in a very low-key and non-antagonistic manner.

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Ken Harrison March 27, 2011 @ 10:29 p.m.

A guy on our street, 1/2 block to an elementary school, and a short cut for many that don't live in the neighborhood to get to I-5, simply puts a orange traffic in the middle of the street during morning commute time, and it slows people down.

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