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Port Washington Police Commissioners on 'Careless Driving'

A blatant disregard for the law seems prevalent in Port Washington, the commissioners say.

In recent articles and comments by the public it has been mentioned that the is not doing its job. U-turns, speeding and a blatant disregard for the law seems to be widespread these days. Bear in mind, however, that the PWPD cannot be everywhere at once, and that part of the problem is indeed the attitude of the drivers in our community.

We have had crossing guards cursed at and almost run over as their direction to traffic falls on ignorant ears. Some have been injured by arrogant, aggressive drivers. Cyclists see themselves as "superpedestrians," running stop signs and nearly hitting pedestrians as they fly through town. Drivers forget that pedestrians have the right of way and casually roll through a stop sign.

We regularly see parents talking on a hand held device while driving to school, and if you say something you are stared at in disbelief, or told what you can do to yourself. First of all it is illegal to do so, and secondly, what signal are they sending to their children about obeying the law? Can we now decide what laws pertain to us and which we can ignore?

If we as a society are so busy that we must speed to every place we go, and are forced to multitask while we drive, then it is time to examine our lifestyles, and consider the stress we cause ourselves and the community. If you're a commuter, try to leave a few minutes earlier in the morning. As parents of school age children, consider their safety first. The Board of Commissioners in September will plan to address the parents associations of the schools in town and speak long and clearly about "careless driving": talking/texting while driving, excessive speed, and treating stop signs as suggestions rather than laws.

We are currently involved in a traffic safety initiative, which will more aggressively address the problems and those who cause them. We will do our part, but we need to be in this together. Port Washington is a great community. We all need to do a better job of looking out for our neighbors, and get them to look out for us as well.

Is there room for improvement? Of course. We can always do better. We welcome all comments and criticism by responsible citizens. We continue to ask the public for ideas, suggestions and "hot spots" where laws are being disregarded. If there are any future questions or comments for the PWPD we will be happy to read them and follow up where necessary. In the meantime, we continually advertise our public meetings, and ask you to attend to voice your opinions and concerns.

We are all in this together. Together we can get it done.

The authors of this post – James Duncan, Dave Franklin andAngela Lawlor-Mullins – serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District.

JC July 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Agreed I mispoke my point, pedestrians totally have the right of way and I actually wait when they are in the crosswalk to let them pass at crosswalks in the st. My point is if someone is driving down the road , even at the speed limit 30 mph and you suddenly run across the street or bike across, yes you had technically the right of way but in the long run will that matter when you get hit by the car. I'm with some of the other posters who say both sides need to more aware and careful, pedestrians and drivers. I have to say the way many drive I dont know why anyone would put there faith in someone else, watch out for yourself whether your in the car or walking.
Arguendo July 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Happened more recently to a Schreiber HS cross country runner, while running with the team on Middle Neck Road. Hit and run driver was never caught.
Kevin July 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
@ Arguendo - I had not heard about the recent runner hit on Middle Neck Road in this day of high tech video surveilance, red light cameras, cell phone cameras etc. hard to see how a hit and run driver can get away with this? I hope that the student is OK as I recall the women hit years ago had been permanently injured disabled for life.
Ed Shendell July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
A problem that I see everywhere is people making right turns as they leave parking lots and at stop signs look left for oncoming traffic and never look right. As a pedestrian and a cyclist, I have almost been hit numerous times. Also, PW Police could do more policing if there were less two-police car conferences parking lots behind businesses in town.
jonathan winant July 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Up and down Main Street I see some of the most dangerous drivers I have ever seen on the N. Shore. Stop signs mean FULL stops until your vehicle stops moving! Cross walks are painted there so you do not (suppossedly) enter into the path of a pedestrian when you come to a red light. No stopping zones mean just tha. Tell it to the Judge who will laugh in your face. I wish those who have come close to being accident victims will speak up in this forum as well as anyone injured along Main Street.

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