Who is behind the slow down “grandmas at play” signs in Salt Lake?

Aug 2, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: 12:51 pm

One of the signs created by SLC Councilmember Alejandro Puy for neighborhoods in west Salt Lake. (A...

One of the signs created by SLC Councilmember Alejandro Puy for neighborhoods in west Salt Lake. (Alejandro Puy)

(Alejandro Puy)

SALT LAKE CITY — A District 2 Councilmember for Salt Lake City has taken the issue of speeding in neighborhoods personally. In a self-funded project, Alejandro Puy has created innovative signs he hopes will get the attention of drivers in West Salt Lake neighborhoods.

And it seems that the neighborhood wants more.

“I ran out of signs, almost,” Puy told KSL NewsRadio hosts Dave and Dujanovic. “I have a couple left and (I’ve) ordered a new batch. 

“So neighbors are asking for more.”


Puy’s message is clear. “Drivers need to slow down in neighborhoods,” he said.

Images provided by Alejandro Puy

Puy said he lives by an elementary school, and that “cars fly by it … we’re talking 15 or 20 mph over the speed limit.”

“As a council member I’m receiving probably dozens of messages a week telling me about their issues with speeding in the neighborhood. It’s overwhelming.”

The signs, some of which read “slow down, Grandmas at play,” and “slow down, traffic school is boring,” aren’t signs that were created by the city. In other words, they aren’t “official.” The messages are edgier, he said, and that’s why he decided to pay for them himself.

He told Dave and Dujanovic that his goal is to capture attention. “Maybe we see those [official] signs too often, and we need to have something to make us laugh … makes us slow down in our neighborhoods.”

In May, the Salt Lake City Council voted to reduce speeds in most neighborhoods to 20 mph. In the same month, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced she’d included $2 million in “traffic calming” projects in her yearly budget. Those measures include partnering with UDOT’s Zero Fatalities education program and the creation of the Safe Streets Task Force.

Mayor Mendenhall calls for vigilance from drivers, announces plan to find solutions

The latter is a joint effort between SLC police and transportation officials to identify dangerous traffic areas.

Puy supports the efforts by the city. But he says safety comes down to drivers.

“We can re-do all our streets … but it’s up to the drivers to realize, that maybe it’s not their kid, but their neighbor’s kid, or their neighbor’s dog. We need to be doing our best to keep our streets safe.”

Puy asks drivers to consider how much time they actually save by driving 10 miles over the speed limit, and if 30 seconds is worth the possibility of killing someone by speeding.



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Dave & Dujanovic

This photo shows a logo of a McDonald's restaurant in Havertown, Pa., on April 26, 2022. A Californ...

Mark Jones

McDonald’s facing lawsuit over hot cup of coffee

A California woman is suing McDonald's after she claims the lid on a cup of hot coffee wasn't safely secured. The coffeee spilled on her, burning her.

3 days ago

Imgae of dog being cuddled by family members. A Utah animal shelter is warning about a scam where p...

Curt Gresseth

Spot the signs and shut down Utah pet scammers

Pet scammers are doing their cruel deeds in St. George. Don’t be a victim. Know how to spot the signs of the scam.

3 days ago

Image of the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington D.C. Two new reports give confl...

Curt Gresseth

Utah economy ranked best in US, but taxes still take a bite

The Utah Taxpayers Association says Utah needs to put downward pressure on income and property taxes to compete with surrounding states.

4 days ago

domestic violence...

Curt Gresseth

Since new law began, domestic violence referrals spike 83%

Because of a new law, which went into effect July 1, referrals to domestic violence service providers has jumped 83%.

5 days ago

An Apple TV remote in front of a television screen. Americans have continuously moved away from tra...

Mariah Maynes

Many consumers pay for more than one streaming service, surveys show

More than 80% of consumers pay for more than one streaming service, a new report shows many of them pay for three. 

5 days ago

Social Security...

Curt Gresseth

Social Security overpaid billions; now it’s coming to collect

Social Security overpaid people who have little to no money or are disabled by billions of dollars. Now it is coming to collect.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Who is behind the slow down “grandmas at play” signs in Salt Lake?