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'Drive Safely' Campaign in Full Swing in Port Washington

Motorists reminded exercise caution on the roads.

Police Commissioners Angela Mullins, Dave Franklin and Jim Duncan, along with the  and local school children, helped AAA New York launch its 67th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.

Colorful “School’s Open” signs are posted throughout Port Washington, serving as a warning motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help and support that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s traffic safety unit.  

She added that the efforts of the Port Washington Police would help result in "increased safety for all students.” 

Drivers, including bicyclists should be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law, Galasso noted.

The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies.  In New York, the program began in 1945, and, according to AAA, has assisted in preventing injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.

Jeanine DiLillo September 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
My son started Weber this year and I drove him this morning. I can not believe the way people drive. I witnessed at least 3 near misses where children were almost hit. Not one time was it the child's fault. The pedestrian has the right of way when they are crossing in the crosswalk. You need to stay at the stop sign, do not make a left and have a little patience. I witnessed a parent stop in the right lane while the light was green on Port Blvd holding up traffic to let a kid out causing the car behind to stop short. Hang up your phones, slow down and take responsibility for your actions. Also, think about the message you re sending to your kids!
Adina Genn (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Thanks for posting Jeanine. I'm glad no one was hurt.
Roland A. Ericsson September 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
A short time ago, the Patch was running a few articles about traffic and driver behavior in Port Washington. A lot of good comments were made and for a few days the awareness was high. Now it's back to business as usual. We still have the same knuckleheads speeding through residential neighborhoods, running stop sign and traffic lights. If you see one of these radar signs that are displaying the speed of the cars, just stand there and watch it for a few minutes. You will see that probably over 90 % of the cars are speeding. We can talk and inform about this until the cows come home. Nothing will change until the PWPD get serious about enforcing the traffic regulations. Not just when there is a special funding for a temporary campaign but every day, 24 hours a day. Eventually, even the knuckleheads will get it. But not until they feel it in their wallets.
Dave Franklin September 06, 2012 at 09:23 AM
Mr. Ericsson, We are constantly out there, but we can't be everywhere at once. I am always asking people for what they consider to be "hot spots" where drivers consistently disregard the law and we have been successful in targeting and ticketing offenders, but while we're in one spot, there will always be someone in the spot we weren't. Anyone can reach me by e-mail with their hot spots and I'll pass it on so we can nail some of these well described knuckleheads. I am at franklinpwpc@aol.com. Hopefully people will begin to get the message and our kids and roads can be safe.
Richard Brody September 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Dave, it is NOT that there is NO attempt being made to enhance safety, BUT some utilizations do NOT optimally serve the best purpose. A case in point is to station a police car in the former bank lot (now church) on Shore Rd, and simply overlooking Shore Road, when well over 2/3 of the people driving on Harbor Rd towards Shore Rd are either speeding, using cell phones, or paying NO attention to the STOP sign. In fact, in the past week, I have observed that about 3 out of every 4 cars do NOT come to a proper STOP at that intersection (where there is a STOP sign)
GM September 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Hot Spot...Want to see an ineffective Stop Sign in PW? Come to the corner of Third and Carlton Avenues from 8:15-8:30am and 3:00-3:30pm weekdays. Parents with children waiting every morning for the Sousa school bus are amazed as a majority of drivers; fail to properly stop or stop at all and drive around School Buses picking up and dropping off our children! Carlton Avenue from Main Street to Murray Avenue has become a very fast byway for those looking to bypass Plandome Rd./Main Street. The PWPD and DOT may want to be proactive with additional Stop Signs, Speed Bumps, or revenue producing Traffic Cams. Several of us contacted 311 and the PWPD at the start of school last year to no avail.
jonathan winant September 09, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Roland: our on the money and it is very unfortunate that the Police (all over Nassau) do not take a very hard stand on stopping the drivers who endanger others. How many times does someone have to call the Port W. Police to alert them to dangers along Main Street? Is it that much trouble to have a major crack down on drivers who run through crosswalks when pedsetrkians are already off the curb and starting tgo cross Main Street? The mnore the police are seen in action might send out a better message and might make residents feel better about how their tax dollars are being spent. I hope that more residents will pick up a phone and call the Port W. Police to demand that more locations receive more attention by the Police. More drivers need to be pulled over for textibng and chatting on the phones BEFORE Newsday has a field day after they report on a major fatal accident in our community.
GM September 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
We had a pleasant surprise at our school bus stop this morning! A PW Police Officer was keeping our children safe while monitoring drivers. Thank you!
GM September 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
PWPD in action! Surprise day two...got one! Lady speedster caught going through Stop Sign this morning. Hopefully, surveillance will show that traffic on Carlton avenue needs to slow down. If the DOT is listening please post Bus Stop signs and anything that could help. Thank you!
GM September 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Thursday, Day four - PWPD catch another Lady speedster going through Stop Sign at Bus Stop! Excellent! Thank you. Too bad we can't have PWPD presence everyday. School's Open - Drive Safely Please.
Adina Genn (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Thanks for the update GM!

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