Seattle Lawmaker Says Speed Bumps, Raised Flower Beds Will Stop Drive-Bys

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said that speed bumps would be more effective than increased policing.

Seattle, WA - A Seattle city councilmember has proposed speed bumps and raised flower beds to help reduce gun violence in the city’s Central District.

“Several CD residents have reached out to us with proposals to address the incidents of gun violence, including concrete changes to space usage and vehicular traffic, which they believe could have a positive impact, and help reduce the incidences of drive-by shootings,” Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announced on Tuesday, according to KIRO.

Sawant made her proposals during a City Council Human Services, Equitable, Development, & Renter Rights Committee meeting that was attended only by her and City Council President Bruce Harrell and a few city residents who wanted to share their thoughts on her proposal.

She explained that she had contacted the Seattle Department of Transportation and asked them to “use their expertise to review and implement” speed bumps and raised flower beds to slow traffic flow on 21st Ave E as a means of quelling violence, KIRO reported.

Nobody from the Department of Transportation was present at the committee meeting because, as they explained to a representative from Sawant’s office, their expertise is in "traffic calming measures for the sake of traffic calming," but not as a method for reducing gun violence in the city, KING reported.

There were three drive-by shootings in the Central District during the weekend that preceded the committee meeting.

Sawant called specifically for installing speed bumps on 21st Avenue where there have three drive-by shootings since the beginning of the school year, KING reported.

She also called for "common sense" gun measures that included banning semiautomatic firearms.

"We are aware that environmental design and gun control measures will be insufficient if the overarching problems faced by our society remain unaddressed,” Sawant said.

Seattle police have stepped up coverage in the Central District and other areas plagued with gun violence with “emphasis patrols” in recent weeks, KING reported.

But Sawant was critical of the police department’s efforts, KIRO reported.

“The fact remains that the recent gun violence was not prevented, despite the emphasis patrols,” she said. “Decades of statistical evidence demonstrates that we will not be able to police our way out of this crisis.”

Sawant said she was looking for gun violence reduction measures that did not involve more policing of the areas where it has been occurring, according to KIRO.

She suggested that reducing inequality in Seattle would have an even greater impact than law enforcement, KING reported.

“Statistically speaking as nationwide studies have systematically shown, reducing inequality has the greatest impact on reducing violence and crime, and improving public safety for working people,” the council member said.

Sawant received pushback from some of the handful of city residents who attended the meeting.

“Gun violence is a symptom of systemic racism, not of traffic patterns,” one person told her.

But one man seemed to think that Sawant was spot-on because the Central District provided a perfect opportunity to “make a clean getaway” after a drive-by shooting.

“I think there’s a good chance that if we were to do something there so that you can’t speed through, that it wouldn’t just move the violence. Um, I think people would have rethink or delay [drive-by shootings] and eventually reduce the violence,” he told the two committee members in attendance.

“Cuz I think this is known as the easy place to do it and if we get rid of the easy place to commit a drive-by, then that can reduce violence,” the citizen concluded.

He blamed the increase in shootings in the Central District on the fact that 21st Street has long blocks that make it easy for shooters to escape.

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5150
5150

Considering the neighborhoods drive-bys happen in, who cares. It is the same neighborhoods that will come down on the police when they shoot one of the armed animals doing the shooting. Let them live in the shit hole they created. Keep the police out completely and let Darwin sort it out. Eventually they will kill each other off.

JBo
JBo

But are those assault speed bumps?

Pat1978
Pat1978

“Gun violence is a symptom of systemic racism, not of traffic patterns,” one person told her.

Soooo.....black men are shooting black men because of racism? At the risk of guilt by association, Honk Honk

Goodguys
Goodguys

Seattle Lawmaker: I’ll see your flowerbeds and speed bumps and raise you a viral “Seattle is Dying” You Tube video that says you have no credibility.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

Seattle has gone from retarded to full potato. JFC...

LEO0301
LEO0301

Speed bumps and flower beds be's wacist..

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

So the speed bumps and flower beds change criminal behavior??? Maybe some chess tables and a latte cart in the heavy drug areas would divert the drug dealers, too. Maybe a rousing version of Kumbaya before the start of Congress everyday would help there. We could fire all the criminologist and hire a few more far Left Progressives to solve these problems. Why didn't we think of this long ago???

Wish505
Wish505

LOL just how effective will a gun ban be to the bad guys. The person that came up with this idea is just plain ignorant.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wow...politicians be gone crazy in Seattle, yo!

JoeH
JoeH

I can't wait until all the criminals line upat city hall to turn in all there semi automatic weapons

spitfirexiiv
spitfirexiiv

You will notice her call for more gun control. Just another gun grab in disguise.

checksix
checksix

Here's how to save money. Instead of installing speed bumps, don't maintain the roads and allow potholes to form. You can use that money for your homeless program.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

What's she figuring? The speed bumps and raised flower beds will throw off the shooters' aim and thereby reduce the number of people getting hit?

fuzz2239
fuzz2239

I think most gang banger''s would support bumps as it would allow them to take better shots. How about some inexpensive cameras hidden in nice flower pots to get photos of the license tags of the cars doing the shootings.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Perhaps slowing them down might improve their aim come? Less thugs? 🤔

Caddis
Caddis

No matter how hard you try or how good your imagination is, you can't make this stuff up.