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Police on Lookout for Dangerous Drivers

Both Port Washington and Nassau County police say unsafe driving will not be tolerated.

Police are cracking down on dangerous driving on two fronts. 

In Port Washington, the police district is participating in a selective traffic enforcement program, partially funded through a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

In this initiative, police aim "to reduce unsafe driving,” notes Lt. Brian Staley, commanding officer of patrol, who will supervise the programm which runs through Sept. 30.

Police will be watching for those in violation of traffic laws, including those who:

  • Speed
  • Pass Red Lights
  • Disobey Traffic Control Devices – Stop Signs, U-Turns, No Turn on Red etc.
  • Fail to yield right of way
  • Practice unsafe passing or lane usage
  • Fail to signal
  • Follow too closely
  • Drive while impaired

And across Nassau County, police are participating in a New York State “STOP-DWI” grant that will allocate additional officers to conduct an extensive DWI enforcement initiative on Tuesday and Wednesday, during the July Fourth celebration.

Meanwhile in Port Washington, police say they are committed to traffic safety, maintaining a traffic safety enforcement unit with officers on the lookout for speeding and those who drive while intoxicated, as well as those who violate truck inspection laws. 

This effort, police say, reinforces the message that aggressive and unsafe driving will not be tolerated.

Ben July 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
@ sean Hasset - the Port Washington Police you have seen "recenlty in action" are doing the job they are paid to do. In recent months I have not seen much police presence in Port Washington I hope that times are changing we need police officers all over town enforcing laws all of the time and not sporadically this "crack-down" in nothing to cheer about.
hank ratner July 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
No clue as to what you are saying Bobby.
Ben July 03, 2012 at 05:18 PM
@ hank ratner - you do miss so much!
jonathan winant July 04, 2012 at 08:26 PM
July 4, 2012 BOY SOME DRIVERS ARE DUMBER THEN DUMB! The was a driver about to exit the L.I.R.R. train station parking lot from the clearly marked entrance driveway( with an arrow pointing into the parking area). I informed the driver that the Police are cracking down on violators. The driver and passenger blew me off and continued to exit right under the sign prohibiting exiting at that point. As soon as the driver exited from the entrance sirens blarred and he was pulled overby an un-marked patrol car. I never even saw a police car before warning the driver. Warning, the Police ARE in fact cracking down on traffic violators maybe the responses to the story in the Patch was a push they needed to hear to realize residents are fed up with having to share the roads with dangerous drivers.
Ben July 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
@ Jonathan winant - that you for sharing this information it is good to see that the Port Washington Police are working hard to clean up this mess its about time.
Nassau Taxpayer July 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Ticketed as deserved, or another swell let go with a warning?
RHMcCabe July 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thanks to the Port Police.
Port Enthusiast July 06, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Something that most of you failed to highlight is that a large portion of the residents in town committing the dangerous driving are members of the fire department with their suped up cars who get a free pass to do as they please, have PBA cards ( AKA get out of tickets free cards) or are so important in their own neighborhood specifically Sands Point, that they do not have to be penalized. Other than law enforcement themselves, everyone is is responsible to drive responsibly no matter who you are. If you want to send a message: invalidate PBA cards- they serve no purpose but to say that the people who are related to those who enforce laws may break them. Do not allow firefighters and other volunteer or town employees special privileges: you may be better drivers than the average person but not when you're intoxicated. Just because you live in Sands Point doesnt mean you cant get ticketed in Sands Point or that you do their taxes or teach their kids you may be forgiven. Perhaps if there was a universal message that the local police actually wanted to keep the town safe they'd make their case believable odor cleaning up the roads. For now it's a sham just like the shotty police and detective work. Glad you have good PR!
PWR July 06, 2012 at 03:29 AM
One of things I enjoyed when I moved to Port from Queens, back in the mid 80's was the fact that everyone seemed to drive in a civil manner. People followed speed limits, drove in a courteous fashion, and used their turn signals. Those days are long gone. I cannot drive on any of the local roads, even 5 miles over the speed limit, without an angry tailgater behind me. Why don't the police go after this EVERY DAY? It would pay for itself, and return some sanity to the roads of Port Washington. Why do Shore Road and Plandome Road, have 30 mile speed limits if driving at 30, consistently results in someone riding your bumper..even in the right lane on Shore Road? The speed limits should either be changed or enforced! ..and don't dare to follow the reduced speed limits on Plandome by the science museum! And cell phones? Does anyone refrain from using their cell phone while drving in Port Washington? It should, however, be noted that these problems are not limited to enforcement by the Port Police. NYC and Nassau County Police also make it a hit or miss game figuring out which so called driving violations are actually permitted... and essentially allow driver-bullies to commandeer our roads.
PWR July 06, 2012 at 03:37 AM
And Then there's the issue of those PBA cards. How can we expect good law enforcement when the enforcers and their friends and families are permitted to break the laws on a regular basis, simply flashing a card that says "I don't have to follow the law". Drive by many of the police stations in NYC and take a look at all the police officers personal vehicles parked willy nilly, illegally, even on the sidewalks. Whats the message? It's CRAZY! Build these guys a parking lot above the precincts if warranted, Pay these guys a better salary for their good work, but make them follow the laws just like the rest of us!
Ben July 06, 2012 at 09:33 AM
@ PWR - those NYC Special APrking Placards are issued for a reason NOT free parking for police officers and other PBA freinds. I have a NYC On-Street Parking Permit due to the demands of my job not for free parking and yes I park all over Manhattan and the 5 boros. Mayor Bloomberg has weeded out thousands of these permits that were issued incorrectly i.e. NYC Police Surgeons had the placards yanked. The parking placards are needed.
PWR July 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
@Ben I'm not talking about legitimate special parking placards. I'm talking about police who park their personal vehicles anywhere they want, including directly in the entrance to a municipal lot, and right up on a pedestrian sidewalk... EVERY DAY. Everyone else has to find a legal parking space when they go to work. Why are the police permitted to break the law? If there is a real need, then build them a police parking lot...but don't advertise to the community that those charged with enforcing the law don’t have to follow those very laws! And the PBA cards are wallet size cards they can display if they are pulled over for a violation, such as speeding, running a red light or stop sign, perhaps even DWI, and get a free pass instead of a ticket. Do you think that’s OK? Regarding your placard, good for you, provided you use it as intended, rather than a free pass to park anywhere anytime.
Ben July 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
@ PWR - my NYC On Street Parking Permit - SVI Placard is for my exclusive use on official business, etc. 24 hours per day. And we do not know what the reason the cars that are parked with other placards like NYPD? I do not believe that Mayor Bloomberg would allow a situation as you describe there maybe there is more to this than we can see? Again Mayor Bloomberg has weeded out many of the parking placards given out incorrectly i.e. City of New York Police Surgeons had those permits yanked due to actions of a corrupt politician on Queens who is now in jail. I suspect that we do not know all of the facts here and so I suggest that you walk into the precient and ask the comanding officer for an explanation od PBA cards, parking placards, etc? And this is an article about Port Washington and the residents who drive like annimals not City of New York Parking placards.
John Chalker July 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Hank, You're the one of the few with the guts to use his name herein. YOU ARE THE MAN !! This town is a great place to own property because of the police, fire, train line and all the other districts.
jonathan winant July 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Up and down Main Street and Shore Road are problems galore and they are on the increase maybe because drivers are not seeing a motorcycle officer come out of no-where and issue countless tickets. Illegal parking, Illegal u-turns, Plowing through occupied crosswalks, . Last summer I had a driver claiming to be an officer try to pull me over on Shore Road, no flashing lights no siren. I pulled over at Ayhans Market Place to be in plain sight of others and the driver sped off. This how bad things have become.
jonathan winant July 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Ben maybe I don't understand your posting but how in the world did May Bloomberg and NYC get involved with the goings on in Port Washington? This is just one more example of people destroying a good thing. The Patch is trying to have people who are concerned about their community speak up it's a forum about topics not about complaining about politics or to be a sounding board about issues in our community. Have a problem with an elected official then write to them and do not vote for them. The real issues are that our roads are being taken over by people (pedestrians and drivers) who do not care about who they place in danger. The other part of the problem is that we have a limited number of Police officers who need to hear from the public (third eye's) about what they feel are dangerous areas or dangers on our roads. Bating each other up for individual views is counter productive and basically infintile. We are not third graders we for the most part want to see positive changes in Port Washington and neighboring communities. Sorry I felt the need to lecture but it had to come from someone because the Patch is not saying it!
Ben July 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
@ jonathan winant - scroll up before you shoot your mouth off I had responded to jba and both the comment my New York City DOT On Street Parking Permit and I said the same thing to him that the subject here is traffic in Port Washington and not NYC. Get with the program.
jonathan winant July 08, 2012 at 10:36 AM
George you are correct. Problem not enough officers and the fact that other assorted crimes seem to take presidence over all else leave some roads to be patroled far less then others. The problem just like in P. W. is which roads get the most attention and which road see little Police atention. This is why residents need to be second eyes for Police and alert them to the dangers we see which Poice might not be aware of or are not aware of the prevalance of the problems. Traveled from Searington Road on LIE out to exit 63 numerous Sundays and often see only one or two Sherriffs cars (Suffolk) ,miracle if I see a Nassau Police
PWR July 09, 2012 at 01:37 AM
@Ben :Let me get this right. You are stating here that " my NYC On Street Parking Permit - SVI Placard is for my exclusive use on official business, etc" Please clarify what "etc" means. It sounds like an admission that you also use it when you are NOT on official business, which is an abuse of the rightful purpose of the placard. Regarding the NYC police parking illegally, take a drive by precincts located in areas where parking spots are hard to find. There can be no mistake at the abundance of police officers personal vehicles parked illegally. I'm not talking about the rare occasion, or parking in a no parking spot on the street. I'm talking about 2 vehicles parked in the entrance to the municipal lot, and many cars parked up on the pedestrian sidewalk, or, by one precinct I stumbled on recently, cars double parked all along a residential street. Again, this is an everyday occurrence. Yes, in the scheme of things this seems like a small thing. But on the other hand it sends a horrible message to the community about the importance of the laws and the character of the officers...not to mention that it teaches the officers that they are above the law. The vast majority of cops are good public servants, but I don't want a gun-carrying cop to think he is in any way above the law!
Ben July 09, 2012 at 09:14 AM
@ PWR - My parking placard is for my exclusive use 24 hours per day seven days per week while on business and when off and thats a fact. I have no need for a PBA card. Have you approached the comanding officer of the precinct that you see all of these cars parked with PBA cards and placards to ask for an explanation and if yes what did he/she say? And if you have not spoken with the comanding officer why not? And this is a blog about traffic in Port Washington and not NYC Parking Placards.
fred July 09, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Don't blame PWPD! This is about the attitude of Port Washington drivers that the law doesn't apply to them!
PWR July 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM
@Ben Thanks for the honest clarification. I understand that the placard is good at any time, and that you've done nothing illegal, but it's my contention that it shouldn't be legal, and that using it in that way is an abuse of the purpose of the placard. Likewise when a driver who has a handicapped parking permit takes a handicap parking space even though the individual for whom it is intended isn't present, it's an abuse of the privilege...but under current law, apparently not illegal. And yes, I've gone to the precinct on many occasions. They are polite but disinterested. I don't push too hard, because I know polite will turn to nasty in a moment, and I fear repercussions. These issues can't be solved at the precinct. They have to be solved at a higher level by a county executive, or in NYC the Mayors office. The point here is that we (the citizens and the police) have gotten away from the concept that the laws are meant to be followed. It starts with small things and escalates over time to bigger abuses.... just like the typical driving speed on Port roads (over the posted limits) has creeped up over the years.
Ben July 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
@ PWR - Its is illegal for a driver to use a handicapped parking permit that has not been issued to them. If a driver has a family member who is disabled and not in the car the and the driver takes the handicapped parking space that is illegal. Perhaps a letter to the Comanding Officer that is cc'd to Mayor Bloomberg and the District Manager of the local Community Board would be more effective than a visit to the precinct? Good luck in your effort to clean up this mess.
PWR July 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
@Ben Actually I am more concerned with people who use their parking placards even when they are not on official city business, so I'll write the mayor and the legislators about this. Does anybody out there, other than Ben, think it's proper for a parking placard that is issued for the owner to conduct official city business be used as a 24/7 parking pass?
Ben July 14, 2012 at 01:11 PM
@ PWR - many of the people who hold parking placards are on call 24 hours per day 7 days per week and that is why they are issed so the permit holder can move FAST when called.
PWR July 16, 2012 at 01:09 AM
@Ben Now, Ben, I don't think anybody objects to the use of the permit when you are conducting official business at any hour, but it seems clear to me that you abuse the privilege and use the placard when you are NOT on official business. I think thats wrong. Sorry!
Ben July 16, 2012 at 09:22 AM
@ PWR - you do NOT know the terms and conditions of the permit that has been issued to me for my use you have no idea of my circumstances and speaking from your point of ignorance have the audacity to accuse me of wrongdoing? The City of New York Parking Placard had been issed to ME for my business and personal use 24/7 365 days per year how many times do I need to tell you that? If you knew my circumstances and NO I am NOT going to explain them here due to a "professional charter" I am required to maintain but if you knew you would feel even more foolish than you look here. You have no idea of what you are talking about. Do you wok at appearing foolish or does this come naturally to you?
PWR July 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
@Ben, Got your back up, huh? That's exactly what I wanted. Thanks for admitting that you use the placard for personal use even when you aren't on official city business. I think that's an abuse of the permit, and I bet thousands of others who have to look for legitimate parking spots would agree. Look, it's not as if you killed someone, or robbed a bank. In the grand scheme of things it's quite a small offense, but Ben, for all those who must search for a parking spot, it's simply not right that you use a legitimate parking placard, as a 24/7 free parking permit. Good for you, you've got a nice perk from your job, but don't insist that it's misuse, due to lack of enforcement, or an attitude of entitlement endorsed by the city, makes it proper!
Ben July 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@ PWR - Again, my City parking placard is for MY business and personal use on my vehicle 7 days per week 24 hours per day 365 days per year. How many times do I need to explain the same thing to you? I am in full compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to this permit at all times. My car is an "authorized vehicle" and I may park in any parking zone that says "authorized veichles" only and the zones are all over NYC. And again this is an aritcle about Port Washington and not about my NYC parking privileges.. It is a good thing for you that being dumb is not against the law. I am in full compliance of all laws at all times.
PWR July 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM
@Ben OK Ben. So we don't agree. Chill. I'm sure you are still a good citizen, and a nice guy. If being dumb was illegal I'd apply for an official "OK to Be Dumb" placard, and I'd be sure to use it even when I was being smart! Also, as my fellow blogger, I'd be sure to give you a "Being Dumb Benevolent Association Card" ... so you wouldn't have to worry about fines either!

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