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Tell Us: Traffic Violators

Which are the worst offenders?

Port Washington police is participating in a selective traffic enforcement program, looking out for those in violation of traffic laws, including those who:

  • Speed
  • Pass Red Lights
  • Disobey Traffic Control Devices – Stop Signs, U-Turns, No Turn on Red etc.
  • Fail to yield right of way
  • Practice unsafe passing or lane usage
  • Fail to signal
  • Follow too closely
  • Drive while impaired

Which offenses do you see most around town? Tell us in the comments.

sund martin July 03, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The corner of Willowdale and Mackey is a big problem. I see people every day making rights and lefts off off Willowdale on to Mackey without stopping even when there are other cars already in the intersection. Officers could give out tickets all day long there.
Ben July 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
@ jonathan winant - I have not seen an officer on a motorcycle here in a LONG time I had forgotton about this what did happen to the motocycle police officer? @ Alan Gilbert yesterday morning I saw a Port Washington Police car parked at bar Beach and very few people were here seems to me the officer could have been busy at another location here like maybe Glen Lane and Sandy Hollow Road? @ jonathan winant do you think that your call to the police department will result in anything or did you get polite lip service? I just saw a Port Washington Police Officer pull a speeding car with out of state plates over on Plandome Road that is the first time I have seen a police officer make a traffic stop in a long time - I hope the Port washington Police Department cracks down on reckless drivers - and jay-walkers who create dangerous situations as well..
jonathan winant July 03, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Unfortunate as it may seem a dog on a drivers lap is not illegal but not having police at forementioned sites is a crime unfortunately not a punishable crime at keasst not until people tell legislators they have notified police and now someone is injured or a fatality occurs. Speak up power in numbers
Diane Schubach July 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices the bad driving around town. What happens when you drive the speed limit? You get angry drivers behind you who give you the horn and very often the finger. Same if you make a full stop at a stop sign. Pedestrians are careless too. The other day, some pedestrians were shaking their heads at me because I wasn't going fast enough for them to cross the street (not at a light). Like I was the fool.
Kenn July 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Easily, the most often disregarded law is failing to signal -- which is not the worst offense -- but EVERY day that I drive, I see many violations of this kind. If I were an officer in an unmarked car, I could write several tickets a day in Port alone for this offense. Of course, people tend to obey the laws slightly better when a police vehicle is around.
Bob O'Brien July 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Trying to make a left turn off of Shore Road going towards Manorhaven can be very dangerous. Many drivers have honked at me because I wait behind the white line and a few have dangerously gone around some drivers and caused very near collisions. And the left turn signal will come on in about 8 seconds if you safely wait. Where can anyone be going in such a hurry? Another pet peeve is making short turns and almost bumping into my front left fender. As far as a motorcycle officer, I watched a PWPD officer stop about 8 cars in less than 1 hour at the corner of Shore Road and Main Street.
George Wittner July 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Clearly we need higher speed limits. 55 on secondary roads and 65 on the thoroughfares. Everyone will learn to get out of the way.
Dawn Andrew July 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I recently saw several drivers making U Turns in the middle of Port Blvd at different times. Thought I was seeing things. Cell phones and texting are huge problems.
Ben July 03, 2012 at 11:39 PM
@ Dawn Andrew - Each day at Weber Middle School each morning each employee and parent who travels south on Port Washington Blvd to get to work at Weber make an illegal U turn in front of Dariy Barn to park at a 2-hour meter in front of the school parents and a few employees opt-out of parkings spaces to feed the meter. A small number number of cars park in back. Hundreads of illegal U turns by dozens of people who have paychecks to pay fines and has been going on for decades.
Roland A. Ericsson July 04, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Am I the only one who has a problem with drivers cutting through the neighborhoods to avoid traffic lights? I have a small radar device and often clock drivers outside my house going 45-50 miles per hour. And all of you who wrote before, you are absolutely right; stop signs and traffic lights are little more than colorful decorations. The lack of discipline, the arrogance and disrespect for others is totally off the meter. My kids are no longer allowed to bike around town and my wife has more or less stopped walking to the train station after three incidents almost being ran over in crosswalks. And I invite everybody to come and look at the situation at the train station in the afternoon and evening. You could easily believe you are watching a sitcom. Pride in Port anybody?
jonathan winant July 04, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Nassau Tx Payer Go talk to those who can enact new legislation because if you search the web driving with a dog on your lap is not a crime I guess until you are stopped after your spotted driving what might ne considered recklessly. If I heard it correctly I think it is N. J. who has or will have a law about keeping dogs harnessed in rear seat. We do that with our dog because of the danger of her getting in the way of who ever is driving.
James Salerno July 04, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Mr. Ericsson, I would be happy to discuss the problem affecting your neighborhood. Please call. Jim Salerno PWPD 883 0500 ext 309
jba July 05, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Speeding, failure to signal and, especially failing to stop at stop signs are still rampant on Webster Ave. Especially true at four way stop at South Washington St. Even when officers were here for a few days in response to calls made to PWPD, officers failed to ticket numerous drivers rolling through stop signs.
jonathan winant July 05, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Heres how some drivers go out of there way to get caught. told a driver that exiting the train station onto Main Street is illegal After he was about to exit frm the entrance. The signs arrow pointing the other direction and the fact that i informed him of police being more agressive did not make a difference. As soon as he illegally pulled onto Main Street sirens were heard and he was pulled over. You know I never even saw the Police car when I warned him. Go figure
charles fiori July 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I would caution everyone to be vigilant of speed limits, especially the 30 MPH zone from the top of the hill near the Police Station itself, down into town, or back up the hill. Going east, it seems there is a tendency to zip up the hill once clearing the light at Beechwood and Port Blvd and coming back down, many drivers miss the subtlety of the drop from 40 MPH down to 30.
Devil's Advocate July 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Totally agree re: the Mackey/Willowdale intersection. The root of the problem is that drivers use this as an alternate route, that weaves through residential neighborhoods, to avoid Port Washington Blvd. and Main Street. The result is that these residential roads become almost as congested with speeding and distracted drivers as Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street. This is a recipe for disaster given the pedestrian traffic in this area caused by the nearby LIRR station and the countless kids walking to from the nearby high-middle school and bus stops. The problem gets exacerbated when these drivers fail to adhere to the very simple procedures of the ALL WAY STOP SIGN at the Mackey/Willowdale intersection. There really should be some better solution/deterrence, however, than just hoping drivers slow down and stop at various stop signs. A few ideas: speed bumps/ramps; increased police presence/ticketing; traffic camera(s); enactment/enforcement of no commercial traffic?
Roland A. Ericsson July 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
You know, you bring up a good point. There used to be a wrong-way sign on the entrance to the parking lot at Haven and Franklin. That sign is however gone and you see people entering the LIRR parking lot and going against traffic all the time now. The one-way arrows on the fence are also placed very low.
jonathan winant July 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Devils advocate: Great idea there is in fact one street in Manohaven which has several speed bumps. I guess someone has to be seriously or critically injured before anything positive is done. The idea of speed bumps on residential streets where they are used to circumvent traffic on main roads is used in numerous areas of Queens. Keep the ideas coming
jonathan winant July 05, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Here's the real sad low down on why some of our roads are more dangerous then they should be. Drivers who might even be your next door neighbor do not see the importance of paying attention to those on the road. Whether it's a pedestrian or motorist, our cell phones ipods and texting seem to be far more important then being a safe driver. That is until you injure or kill someone then you have the awaking of a life time. By the way tell your children about the unsafe drivers you see around town and explain how as pedestrians they too have an olbligation to be part of keeping our roads safe and staying alive. It shouldbe a law that you can not talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.
Port North Resident July 06, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I agree with so many on this board that there are many time where I have almost been run over by drivers or hit by people who don't signal or check their blind spot when changing lanes. I love how you put it going north on Port Blvd "the subtlety of the drop from 40 MPH down to 30", I have always felt that this was an unfair speed trap going from 45 to 30 in the stretch of two and a half blocks and the fact it turns into a 30 mph zone while at the top of a large hill is unfair, either the speed limit should drop further south on Port Blvd to make the reduction in speed more gradual or the 30 mph speed limit should be moved to the bottom of the hill so that drivers may slow down while not fighting gravity on the hill.
charles fiori July 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM
There is nothing about the drop in speed limits that is unfair. The signs are posted, you follow them, pretty easy. They are the same they were a week ago, a month ago, a year ago. With Port Blvd being the widest street in our area, cars coming out of the lots of the various businesses, there is a real need to control the speed through the area. Have you ever parked in front of Sullivan's Quay and tried to get out of your car on the driver's side? The vehicles doing north of 40 through there are scary!
Nassau Taxpayer July 06, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Bingo ... TEN years ago!
Roland A. Ericsson July 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Dead on! Stop making excuses, be an adult and take responsibility for your behavior behind the wheel.
Ben July 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
@ Port North Resident - that is not a speed trap nothing unfair about the drop from 40mph to 30mph its the law.
jba July 06, 2012 at 06:14 PM
All of this discussion begs the question...why is this increased enforcement and/or attention to these laws limited in time by the PWPD. The very dangerous conditions created around town by drivers who can't be bothered to obey the law should be a continued area of priority for our local police. Please continue to speak out here and call the police to demand more enforcement to protect our families!
Ben July 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
@ jba - affluence breeds a sense of entitlement - and stupidiity. And so the residents of this town expect to be permitted to drive in a dangerous and disrespectful manner ignoring laws. I ponder the same question "why the increased enforcement?" It is sad that the situation has become that bad for the need to "crack-down". In addition to the crackdown the PW Poilce Department need a safe-driving campaign similar to the "schools open drive carefully" from a few years back. An organized speakers bureau program to adress local civic associations, etc. on safety, etc. can only help this problem.
Manorhavenresident July 07, 2012 at 01:25 PM
What happened to the spot checks at specific locations the police used to do? They would stand on a corner and look for seatbelts, cell phone usage, etc. Seems to me to be a great way to catch law breakers and deter future violations.
Roland A. Ericsson July 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
This raises yet anotherer question; are these people also parents charged with teaching the next generation (read their children) how to drive? Or is there a whole other set of parents who know how to drive and how to teach responsibility and respect behind the steering wheel. Looking at the pace with which young people die on the roads here on Long Island, I think not!
NYB July 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Start ticketing pedestrians at Shore/Main. The red hand means don't walk.
Kevin July 17, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@ NYB - jay-walking is worse than reckless drivers here

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