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PWPD Continue to Emphasize Traffic Safety

Collaborating to make Port Washington roads safe for everyone.

The continues to emphasize the importance of traffic safety. Commander of Patrol Lt. Brian G. Staley reached out to Patch with this message.

The Port Washington Police District is dedicated to safety of all the residents and visitors to this community whether they are driving, walking, riding a bike, jogging or skateboarding.

Each year our patrol force issues thousands of tickets for various NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law Violations.  On occasions New York State has different grant programs in which they will provide funding to police departments to target specific violations such as DWI, Buckle Up N.Y. and Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). When our department receives such funding, we are able to place additional manpower to enforce the laws and ticket violators. Whether there is funding for a particular program or not, our patrol force, enforcement unit, problem oriented police unit (POP), and crossing guards, continuously remain vigilant to enforce the laws.

There is however, a personal responsibility that lies with the individual citizens to voluntarily comply with the law for their own safety and the safety of others. The school district along with our school resource officer gives instruction in reference to crossing the streets, bike safety and appropriate safety equipment at the very earliest entry aged children in the school system. Most responsible parents and adults instruct children on crossing the streets safely, and to watch out for cars. It is only with this type of mutual effort can this busy little town be safe for everyone on the public roads.

If you are not sure of the rules, they can be found on New York State's Vehicle Traffic Law website [scroll down to "Rules of the Road" section], or you can call the Port Washington Police District. Title 7 (Rules of the Road) Article 27, sections 1150-1157 of the NYS vehicle and traffic law governs pedestrians’ rights and duties, and Article 34, sections 1230-1241 of the NYS VTL governs bicycles and play devices.

It may sound a little corny, but it still applies “Cross at the green, and not in-between.” Remember that even the smallest violation can sometimes have the most devastating results. Obey the law, stay safe, and travel carefully!

jonathan winant August 01, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The Port W. Police need the return of anyone who can fride the Motorcycle patrol. Dogs on drivers laps, Cell phone use and texting will end up causing several fatal accidents especially along Main street. Riding through pedestrian occupied crosswalks, illegal u-turns, right turns on red before coming to a COMPLETE stop. too many will be injured. Everyone is posting thier concerns for these types of problems and someone has to stand up and take swift action. I hate to say it but the truth is P. Washington might need trafficc cameras. Very sad comment but unfortunately the Police can not be every where and drivers who endanger others are every where.
jonathan winant August 01, 2012 at 10:47 PM
About crossing at the Green. The reason pedestrians avoid this rule is that there are far to many blocks before you come to a marked crosswalk or traffic light. Correcting this problem by installing more traffic lights will increase road rage and make our road more dangerous. Maybe we have to come up with a better solution.
R Miller August 02, 2012 at 10:22 AM
How about adding in to the mix writing an illegal u-turn ticket on Main Street? I have seen two such write in front of a police officer in a car and no one was pulled over. What is with that?
Pieter Hein August 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
How about tickets for people dawdling in the passing lane ?! Or not pulling fully and promptly into the turn lane when they wish to turn ! I would also like to see more enforcement of the vision test -- every day I observe drivers who I suspect have macular degeneration or other similar issues.
Pieter Hein August 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Also anyone with a sticker on their car for their kids' school or sports team should automatically get a ticket.
jonathan winant August 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Peter please explain the comment about stickers on the car you might have left out key information. Understanding your concern for safety on the roads leads me to ask you a serious question. What is the most important traffic violation you feel needs to be better addressed by the Nassau County AND P. Washington Police? My reasons for asking is that I learned the Police do look at this site and have responded to several comments.
jonathan winant August 02, 2012 at 08:37 PM
It appears evident that a lot of P. Washington residents feel there is a issue with the dangers on our roads. The number of comments whenever there is such a story atests to this. The input is great and vital as we have to be the eyes and ears for the Police who can see just so much in their daily rounds. I hope that there will be more comments from those who have narrowly averted an accident or have come close to being hit while crossing either Main Street or Shore Road. Lets get together and do something before we have a fatal accident which could involve one of your loved ones, friend, or neighbor. Thank for everyone's input Jonathan from P. Washington
NYB August 05, 2012 at 09:23 AM
Dear Pedestrians, The Red Hand means DON'T WALK. I won't be stopping for you. K Thanks. I think this problem can be fixed with more STOP signs. Quick, install another 3 dozen and see if it helps.
jonathan winant August 05, 2012 at 09:29 AM
NYB your thype of person who should be off the roads and one who should stop adding comments to this site. the matter was not one to joke about if that was in fact what you were doing.
NYB August 05, 2012 at 09:39 AM
No, I'm serious, if you can't figure out that the large red illuminated hand and oncoming traffic means don't walk out into the street, you probably deserve to get pancaked. Seriously though, just as much as drivers are a problem, the pedestrians like to wander into traffic and expect to shut down intersections such as Shore Rd & Main St just so they can cross when they want to...I say, no dice, push the button and wait like the rest of humanity, the world doesn't revolve around you.
jonathan winant August 05, 2012 at 09:53 AM
IT shocks me at how many people pay absolutely no attention when crossing a road! Traffic heading east and your looking to the west! WHY? Yes there are too many blocks in between traffic lights or painted crosswalks making matter hard on everyone. On the other hand if we asdd more traffic controls we add more problems. I learned a lot after living in Elmont for ten years. in that time I foiund some of the same problems Newsday found along Hempstead Turnpike. I have discused traffic safety issues with officers at Police headquaters, State DOT, Nassau planning board and road engineers. Some of what I discussed was in fact implimented. I made a dent for the beter even if it was a small one. What I write about is backed by some very sound information.
jonathan winant August 05, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Along Shore Road and Main Street we have the makings for serious problems. The three car accident at Shore and Manorhaven says a lot. Wittness reports said a driver who could care less about their own life made a left turn onto Manorhaven Blvd. on a long standing red light. Witness made it clear the light was not changing from yellow, but was red This is the same as driving through a marked crosswalk when it is occupied by pedestrians. By the way why is it not illegal to drive with a pet on your lap? Consider what happens when the air bag deployes!
jonathan winant August 05, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Let me correct my first post. It should explained that some pedestrians will cross the road, and look the opposite direction that traffic is Cooming from as if they are already in the other side of the road. I hope this makes sense?
Bob Jones August 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Agree. I think a committee should be set up to look at removing some of the existing stop signs and traffic signals. In particular that new one on Main St. / Plandome Rd. We need BETTER TRAFFIC FLOW, not more obstructions. At least half of the traffic lights on Port Wash Blvd are also uneeded.

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