Attention motorists — slow down.
Speed humps were recently installed in Howard Beach on 156th Avenue between 88th and 89th streets, near where the westbound avenue narrows from two lanes to one.
An observation by a Queens Chronicle reporter at the location shortly after the speed humps were installed in April showed that most motorists were not slowing down to the required 20 miles per hour as they crossed over the humps.
Because the cars continued to fly down the street, the vehicles often bounced in the air after crossing the hump and came down on the fenders.
Community Board 10 approved the speed humps at its meeting last June after holding a public hearing.
CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said that residents of the area had asked for the speed humps.
A number of area residents had complained about drivers speeding around the neighborhood, prompting the Department of Transportation to look into the speed humps.
Braton told the members that the city had requested the board ensure that there was community agreement on the installation of the speed humps. She also said no member of the Howard Beach Civic Association objected.
A FDNY spokesman said the agency has worked with the DOT to provide signage and mark speed humps so vehicles know how to cross them.
Robert Sinclair of AAA in New York said the group supports speed humps as long as they are on residential streets.
A speed hump is a raised portion of the street surface, is slightly longer than the average car and spans the width of the street. To cross one safely, a car must slow to 15 to 20 mph.
Speed bumps, commonly seen in shopping mall parking lots, are higher and narrower than their speed hump counterparts, though people commonly refer to both as speed bumps.