Recently, the City of Dallas conducted a traffic study on Whispering Hills Drive at the Deermont intersection. The study found that 62% of drivers are speeding, above the 30 mph speed limit in the northbound direction, along with 56.9% of drivers speeding in the southbound direction. The total traffic count, in terms of vehicles per day, was 4,487, an increase of over 1000 vehicles from the 2001 number of 3445 cars.
The streets engineer stated the most likely cause for the high traffic count on the road is due to the surrounding apartments in our area. The engineer noted that physical barriers are the best at slowing speeders. Unfortunately, due to Whispering Hills Dr. being an emergency route for Dallas Fire-Rescue, speed humps may not be placed on the road.
Dallas Fire-Rescue was recently contacted by the Association to explore the possibility of reclassifying Whispering Hills Dr. as a non-emergency route. Understandably, the Fire Department maintained that the road must remain as a primary emergency route since many of the streets in our neighborhood are only accessible from Whispering Hills Dr. and speed humps would greatly hamper emergency response times.
Two petitions for stop signs on Whispering Hills Dr. are currently in the process of receiving signatures, with over 230 signatures needed. A stop sign has been requested at Whispering Hills at Bunchberry, for the crosswalk, as drivers ignore the crosswalk and it is very dangerous for kids to cross the intersection. Another all-way stop has been requested at the Deermont, because of the limited sight distance due to the curve of Whispering Hills Dr; Deermont also connects to Garland and has over 900 cars a day passing through our neighborhood.
Dallas Fire-Rescue stated they would be receptive to the appeal for stop signs at these locations.
Other options to slow speeders are being explored with the Streets Department, including searching the City budget for funds to install digital radar speed signs. The Deermont road closure petition is still in progress, in the hope to reduce the number of vehicles on Whispering Hills Dr. by closing the through route to Garland.