Wakefield Council wants motorists to drive considerately and safely at all times, especially in residential areas.
Coun David Dagger, the council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said that speeding in built-up areas increased the risk of accidents and makes people fear for children’s safety.
He said: “Motorists often admit to speeding and rat running giving reasons such as they were running late and wanting to make up for lost time.
“Rat running or cut-through driving is very controversial and is often opposed by homeowners on the affected streets. Some people regard it as a disturbance of their peace and also fear for their safety.
“Always drive at the appropriate speed for the road and weather conditions and drive slowly in areas where there are likely to be pedestrians, cyclists and parked cars.”
Coun Dagger said motorists using roads in residential areas must be alert to vehicles emerging from junctions and drive ways and children running out between parked cars.
He added: “Please drive carefully and remember to respect other road users and to be patient.
“We want our roads to be safe for everyone who uses them.”