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Port Washington to See New Speed Signs

The Police Board of Commissioners agreed it was time to upgrade speed enforcement signs.

Port Washington's traffic alert and speed signs are about to get an upgrade.

The board of commissioners passed a motion to replace the community's current speed signs and traffic display signs with new ones that are more advanced and effective.

The current signs will be sent to All Traffic Solutions, a Pennsylvania-based provider of traffic safey equipment. The signs will be replaced at no cost, but the company will charge for the enhanced technology.

The new signs should arrive "within the next two to four weeks," Det. Anthony Guzzello said.

The new signs will have web-based apps installed in them to allow police to access them remotely. According to Guzzello, who brought the board's attention to the signs, new features include the ability to check battery life remotely, and enable police to collect data from the signs such as speeding information.

Port Washington will be getting two signs at a cost of $3,000 each, plus a total of $280 for shipping. The signs also come with a two year contract.

An additional speed sign will be ordered at a price of $6,150. The sign has the web-based applications and comes with a two year contract. In total, the project will cost $12,430.

The signs will be paid for by asset forfeiture funds, Assistant Chief James Salerno said.

The board agreed the signs would be a “reasonable upgrade.”

George Mulligan August 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I think these speed signs are terrific. I would like to see more of them around the town.
Nassau Taxpayer August 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I sense that anyone who speeds knows they speed and no flashing sign deters them. Unless these come with teeth, like speed cameras, they are expensive and ineffective "upgrades". As for web applications that report traffic speed, does PWPD really not know where people speed? After all, that's exactly where they place these signs, right?
jonathan winant August 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Nassau Taxpayer it's your type of thinking that got us into this mess in the first place. You might feel a lot differently if your involved in an accident which was not your fault.
Nassau Taxpayer August 09, 2012 at 08:55 PM
To the contrary, I am a frequent and outspoken critic of the selfish disregard and clueless driving behavior of local 'swells', not limited to speeding. The fact is that absent real teeth and PWPD enforcement action, that behavior won't change. Those drivers need to receive the summonses they have richly earned and deserve.
James Salerno August 09, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I like to think of the speed signs as a reminder to our motorists to keep their speed in check. The signs are used for community messages as well. I look at it as no cost to the taxpayers because the upgrades will be purchased from money seized in criminal activity (Asset Forfeiture Funds). The web based applications will assist us with the data collected. By analyzing the data, we can effectively assign personnel during the appropriate times. Feel free to call me if you would like to discuss this further. Jim Salerno PWPD 883 0500 ext 309
Archie Bunker August 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Absolutely Brilliant ... Now I know where not to speed How about some hidden camera's on Port Blvd that catch speeders in the act? Nah .. That makes too much sense
jonathan winant August 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I am holding my breath because we are very and I mean VERY lucky that we have not had a rash of serious or fatal accidents in Port Washington. The way in which drivers disobeye traffic laws is shocking. Maybe this is why the Scofflaw Patrol spent so much time reading plates and booting cars. I saw several vehicles with bright yellow boots on their front right wheels meaning they can not go any where without paying the outstanding fines and then receiving a code to open the boot. Well thganks to all of the drivers who felt they were above the law and went ahead and endangered so many others and by the way I hope I never meet the driver who was brainless enough to make the left turn on a solid red light at Manorhaven Blvd. earlier this year. You deserve to have your photo on the front page of Newsday. The youngster whjo earlier this year lost control of his skateboard near Mackey Avenue should also have his pic plastered in the media because after narrowly missing being killed he had the balls to yell at the motorist who crushed the skateboard. The motorist should also have his or her face in the media because the right thing would have been to stop and find out if anyone was hurt even if it was not totally your fault.
David August 10, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I've lived in Port Washington for a few years now. I come from the Midwest. I find the drivers here appalling. I don't know how to improve the area's driving, but I don't think this will help much. I sincerely hope action will be taken from the data collected. New York drivers have had the highest failure rate at the DMV 3 of the last six years. Better education is what's needed. If these signs tell you that, then money well spent. I'd like to see more enforcement. Perhaps use the Asset Forfeiture Fund to pay for police overtime. In the meantime, talk to Albany and see about increasing education.
Tom LaRocca August 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Another waste of tax dollars, they must contain a lot of precious metals at those prices. I guess there is zero chance our property taxes will ever slow down. These signs would be at least tolerable for entertainment value if they recorded and showed the high score.
jonathan winant August 10, 2012 at 05:15 PM
TOM Think of it this way, if those who manke their own laws did not do so things would be quite different. Taxpayer dollars would not have to go for extra Police or traffic controls or even bike lanes. Unfortunate but very true some drivers and pedestrians and bicyckists spoil it for everyone else.
Archie Bunker August 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This gives me a idea for a poll -- What is the fastest speed you have been clocked at on Shore Road? I'll start -- 52 mph
David Miller August 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I don't know if our property taxes will slow down but hopefulyt this new project will help. Why does everyone fight with each other about the por's and con's. Let them be installed and see how they work. Anything that can help the Police try and make our roads safer is worth a try and it is not taken from tax dollars. Ithink cameras would be great to catch speeders but is it being done and is it legal. At least try them for running red lights.
Joe Dzugashvili August 14, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I don't think I ever hit 60 on Shore, but I definitely got over 55.
R Miller August 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM
How about writing tickets out to the speeders and more so a problem tickets to those making illegal u-turns on Main St, Port Blvd. and so on.

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