FIGHTING EXHIBITION DRIVING: Downtown Birmingham gets bumpier

Speed bumps were installed on 1st Ave North and 23rd Street on March 23, 2023 (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The city of Birmingham has declared war on exhibition driving. 

This week, more speed bumps were installed downtown on 1st Avenue North and other areas.

The Plan

(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

In response to questions provided by Bham Now, the Woodfin Administration outlined its three point plan to combat the unlawful racing that has become a huge public safety problem not only in The Magic City but nationwide. 

Below is their statement about the newly installed speed bumps near some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants.

“The city continues to utilize traffic calming measures, as well as law enforcement to address exhibition driving. This includes proposed legislation in Montgomery to address exhibition driving throughout the state.”

Birmingham has acquired more than 50 speed bumps. According to the city, they are not permanent, and can be moved from one location to another based on need.

Legislation Introduced

Speed bumps on 2nd Avenue South and 23rd Street (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

This month, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to tackle exhibition driving. 

Democratic Rep. Juandalynn Givan introduced House Bill 107, local legislation that pertains to Jefferson County which increases civil punishments for those caught exhibition driving. 

On the first offense, the bill says the person’s car will be impounded for 10 days and the individual will be responsible for paying the towing and storage fees for the car. For each additional offense, the length of time the car is impounded goes up by 10 days, capping at 30 days. Republican Rep, Allen Treadway, the former city of Birmingham Assistant Police Chief is a co-sponsor.

Statewide, Rep. Treadway has proposed, House Bill 29, legislation that cracks down on exhibition driving with jail time for the first offense and escalates for further offenses. The legislation is also supported by Rep. Givan.

More Bumps for Now

In the meantime, while local and statewide legislation makes its way through the Alabama legislature, expect to see additional traffic calming measures taken by Birmingham.

What do you think of the installation of speed bumps in downtown Birmingham. Let us know by post your comment on Bham Now’s social media and tagging us at @bhamnow

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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