NH divided on rumble strips - 167 participants

Nov 21, 2016

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) is placing a moratorium on new rumble strips through 2017 due to public opposition, according to the Union Leader. Rumble strips are striped indentations in pavement along center lines or edge lines that cause loud rumbling if the wheels cross the line. Read more about this issue. On November 21, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support rumble strips on major roadways in your town?”

“Would you support rumble strips on major roadways in your town?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Rumble Strips New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:

A total of 85% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 15% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 294 responses from 167 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A slight majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 51%, did not support rumble strips on major roadways in their town.

  • “People need to learn to drive and we need to stop wasting money.”
  • “[They are] dangerous to motorcycles and fill with ice in winter to form an ice strip.”
  • “They are noisy and disruptive to unimpaired drivers and nearby home owners.”

Yes: A minority, at 49% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported rumble strips on major roadways in their town.

  • “I think rumble strips are a good idea. I have had a couple of times where it saved my life.”
  • “I was so happy when I learned they would be installed on many of our roads in New Hampshire.”
  • “Most every day, I encounter someone in my lane or across the double or single yellow lines. The rumble strips will certainly help prevent this.”

Other: As noted above, 15% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Research: “If the research supports the rumble strips, keep them. If it opposes them, remove them. I fail to see where public opinion matters in this scenario.”
  • Fiscal considerations: “Does it cost more to put them in?”
  • Broadening the discussion: “What do the plow guys think of them?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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