BY REBECCA BENNETT — On Sept. 21, the Hyattsville City Council voted to approve a request by city staff to purchase four traffic counters for a cost of no more than $15,000.

A city memo said the city has recently received several petitions for traffic calming devices, which require speed studies to be conducted.  Most cars, according to the memo, are traveling at or slightly above the speed limit on residential streets, but approximately 10 to 20 percent of drivers are driving 10 to 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.

“The existing traffic conditions within the city are concerning and staff believes that an overall comprehensive study of traffic conditions on residential city owned roads is warranted,” a city memo prepared by Department of Public Works Director Lesley Riddle said.

The city only has two speed counters out of the original eight that were purchased in 1996, a city memo said, and that more would be needed to conduct a larger traffic study.