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Tell Us: Community Support

What can Port Washington residents do to help make our roads safer?

The Port Washington Police Commissioners aim to work with the community to help make our roads safer for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and crossing guards. 

They encourage feedback from responsible residents, and point out that police can't be everywhere. What suggestions do you have to get buy-in from drivers so that they don't text, speed, roll through stop signs, and make illegal u-turns?

The commissioners plan to hold meetings with parent associations in September. Do you have ideas for additional outreach? Tell us in the comments.

Nassau Taxpayer July 19, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Good start. Now add to the crackdown on: HANDHELD CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING and TEXTING WHILE DRIVING and ILLEGAL U-TURNS and SPEEDING and DISTRACTED DRIVING, generally
Sean Hassett July 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I'd like to see speed bumps introduced in many places. If you drive at 30mph on Port Blvd then you hold up traffic and everyone passes you on either side.
Cheryl Podolsky July 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I hate to say it, but some of the worst offenders in my neighborhood live in my neighborhood. Some people seem to think that STOP only means "stop if someone is watching" or "roll through -- it's the same thing!" It's bad enough we have people coming in and out of Lion's Field who don't respect the stop signs on Glen Lane, but when residents themselves commit the same kinds of infractions, it's downright discouraging and frustrating.
Gail July 19, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I am so glad that this is being addressed. I am also glad that cyclists are being looked at. Do the police ever stop runners/walkers? I find that, especially along Cow Neck Road, people young and old, run/walk in the middle of the street(even on the curves) as though it is their private driveway. Cars need to swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid them and they pay no mind. If I roll down the window to address it with them, I get the finger, angry looks, or words that I will not type here. It is an accident waiting to happen.
fred July 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Cheryl is on to something. We are the people we are complaining about! Everyone here feels so special that the laws don't apply to them. I hope I live long enough to see the time when people care about something other than themselves.
Steven Adler July 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I'd like to see real bike lanes added to most of our major roads. Bike lanes would make it much safer to drive bikes in town and that would lead to fewer cars on the roads for short trips. In small towns throughout Europe, bike lanes make a huge difference in public safety by encouraging Active Trips. Active Trips also cut down on carbon emissions and increase resident health, by reducing obesity and inactivity.
Steven Adler July 19, 2012 at 01:41 PM
For an example of what I mean when I talk about Bike lanes: https://www.google.com/search?q=copenhagen+bike+lanes&hl=en&client=ubuntu&hs=jWX&channel=fs&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=YQ4IUMvcBI680QHjqPj_Aw&ved=0CGEQsAQ&biw=2500&bih=1460
jba July 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I agree with Cheryl as well ... I have always assumed, based on the fact that Port Washington is a peninsula, that most of the drivers here are residents of Port. That means that the people we are endangering with reckless behavior behind the wheel are our neighbors, even if in a broader sense of the word. I think about the kind of town in which I want to live and raise my family and I try to act accordingly. I hope that the person I treat with courtesy goes on to treat the next person they encounter with courtesy. We need to "be the change we wish to see" ... and perhaps that should be our town mantra.
Debbie O'Brien July 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Stop signs should always be visible, not obstructed by trees and shrubs. Many areas should have signs "Stop Ahead" 200 feet before the stop sign. Port Washington Blvd. should have signage clearly identifying "School" near Weber & Campus Drive. Port Washington Blvd. should remain 30 mph North of Main Street all the way through Middle Neck Rd. PW Blvd is set up as 30 mph until it crosses Main St (north bound) then increases to 40 mph, then at St Peter's - during school hours 30 mph, then before Sandy Hollow increases to 40 mph, at Middle Neck Rd, back to 30 mph. Seriously, within less than 1/2 mile the speed limit changes by 10 mph, 3 times. POLICE should be consistent with traffic and safety enforcement. It appears that No Turn on Red on Harbor Rd onto PW Blvd can be a busy ticket writing location and at other times, it's a free for all event making the turn without notice. I would like to believe that the safety of the community is the priority of the Commissioner's office.
Elise July 19, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Get the DRUNK Drivers off the road and then our road will be safe.
Richard Brody July 19, 2012 at 02:23 PM
While the increased enforcement seems to be making some headway in certain areas, there has been no noticeable improvement at the intersection of Mill Pond Rd and Shore Rd. Part of the issue is that those trying to make left turns often make the situation dangerous. There are certain areas where there should only be right turns permitted- 3 of these cross Shore Rd- Columbia Rd, Central Ave and Mill Pond Rd should be right turn only. Also, when STOP signs are placed too far from intersections, those obeying the law cannot see cross traffic. Let's make intersections safe. This week, for example, I have observed well over 100 cars making rights from Mill Pond Rd- LESS than 20% made legal stops!
NYB July 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
You yell at bikers and joggers? I'd flip you off too. You have no more right to the road in your car than they do on a bike. Moron.
Stacey Peltz July 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
As to the illegal U-turns on Main Street, here's a suggestion, and I've seen this work in other towns, so don't scoff too quickly. Get the police officers out of the cars. Seriously, a driver is not looking for a person on feet, he/she is looking for a police car. Most people make an illegal U-turn when facing west and wanting to go east. Have a cop stand on the south side of the street and step in when a car makes an illegal turn. A few good places to do this are across from the Tae Kwan Do facility, across from iDiner, and in front of Unleashed. It will take only a few tickets for the word to get out that cops are giving tickets for this offense. Same thing for people on the phone or texting. Why not give it a try?
Nassau Taxpayer July 19, 2012 at 04:51 PM
As noted elsewhere, "distracted driving" is not limited to automobile drivers -- cyclists, runners, joggers and walkers barging into traffic without looking exhibit it, all too frequently. Such behavior is definitely flip-worthy.
Gail July 19, 2012 at 05:42 PM
NYB. No I do not yell, nor do I say or have I ever said that they do not have a right to be on the road. I suggest that you stop jumping to conclusions and insulting people.... Neither is productive.
jonathan winant July 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You can hold all the meetings in the world the fact is that too many residents of Port Washington and nearby communities are clue less as to how very dangerous their acts are. I dealt with dangerous conditions along Hempstead Turnpike and warned officials of the inpending issues. I butted heads with Assdemblyman Tom Alfano and dealt with the State DOT. I sat with the commanding officer of the 5th Precinct. Ten years later Newsday decided the facts I brought to their attention needed to be looked into. TO BAD AFTER SO MANY PEOPLE WERE INJURED OR KILLED. Port Washington is this what you want to see happen? Anyone who has doubts about my sincerity contact me at wmjcook@optonline.net .
jonathan winant July 20, 2012 at 08:57 AM
From Herbert Avenue west to Mackey tickets could be written for every type of driving offense, kids could recieve severe warnings for things such as skate boarding in the middle of the street or distractions while cross Main Street. Just as drivers are distracted with texting, cell phones so are school children especially at 3:30 PM school days. Bring back a Motorcycle officer and put ore officers on bicycles.
Cheryl Podolsky July 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I think you use mean that there should be no left turns onto Shore Road from Harbor Road; on Mill Pond and Shore there is a light, which I prefer to use rather than make that tedious and harrowing turn off Harbor. I find it far better to go around the pond to get onto Mill Pond Rd. from where I live than to deal with attempting to make a left off Harbor Rd. And yes -- the same goes for Columbia Place and Central Drive. Also, perhaps there should be no left turns out of the parking lot across from Baxter Pond.
Adina Genn (Editor) July 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
@Cheryl, I agree, that left turn from Harbor Road onto Shore Road is one to avoid, unless it's a time of day when there are few cars
Lisa Patterson Lay July 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Any chance for bike lanes?
Lee Kalinsky July 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
@Cheryl Podolsky I so agree about the left onto Shore Road, I sent a letter a while back asking Wayne Wink to look into a traffic light for that intersection as well as former councilman Pollack. If ever an intersection needed a light! Also the cross walks around the ponds are in the wrong place their too far back and people almost get hit crossing everyday. Drivers expect the crosswalks to be closer to the intersection, it was a very bad design.
Dahlia Omega July 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Absolutely Sean.. They need to slow down the drivers on Port Blvd. If you try to parallel park by Saint Honore (where the posted speed limit is 30 mph) you could cause a multi-car pile up...Port Blvd is not the LIE.
Dahlia Omega July 20, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Gail. Slow down... Use your brake.. Don't swerve into oncoming traffic... Don't reprimand pedistrians and cyclist who want to share the road. Why is this difficult for you?
Gail July 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
@Dahlia...This is not difficult for me. It is quite simple. You have never seen me drive, so please don't judge me. Trying to help people look out for their own safety and the safety of those around them is not reprimanding, it is helping. And if I helped one person realize that his/her actions were not safe, it is worth it. Sharing the road is fine...being dangerous is not fine, whether they are drivers, cyclists, or joggers. That is my point...not difficult for me to understand at all.
Kevin July 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
One way would be to take more walks and while out walking do NOT jay-walk. Each night we walk our dog from Prospect Ave to the Post office and back do an errand or two along the walk walking is a great way to better our roads.
Laura Montllor, Architect July 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
More, better PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. Port Washington CAN become a more sustainable town AND keep cars off the streets.
Dahlia Omega February 04, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Obviously it is hard for you. Bicyclists and Joggers have a right to the road too. You have no right telling them otherwise despite what you may think.
Dahlia Omega February 04, 2013 at 06:18 PM
There should be no issue making a left turn onto Shore Rd if the drivers on Shore Rd were obeying the posted speed limit. If we enforce the laws we already have, then we do not need to inconvenience the law abiding.
Dahlia Omega February 04, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Gail, you should reread your original post. NYB was merely replaying your own words.
Dahlia Omega February 04, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Ms, Architect, What did you have in mind?

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