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Rockville Centre's Most Dangerous Cut-Throughs?

What residential streets have become virtual busy highways for people taking shortcuts?

Some residential streets can feel like busy highways if they're frequently used as cut-throughs and can pose a danger to unsuspecting pedestrians. What's a convenience to drivers in a hurry can be a hazard to other drivers or residents of the area.

What do you think are some of the most highly used and least appropriate cut through streets in Rockville Centre and the surrounding area? What threats do they pose and how do you think traffic could be better managed or avoided?

Tell us in the comments.

EDL October 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
EDL Long Beach Road between Demott and South Hempstead is a racetrack. I've seen people driving over 50 MPH at times. Some kids walk home from covert school down Long Beach Road. Something really bad will happen one day.
tom October 18, 2012 at 01:42 PM
the village would probably have a huge surplus if they handed out speeding tickets like they do parking tickets. I understand the code guys don't get involved in moving violations though. I was once getting a parking ticket while moving items from an apartment on Lenox road. I went in the building for a minute,came back out to a guy writing me up. At the same time, some knuckle head was going about 55 mph toward Morris ave. I just started laughing. I understand I got caught but the guy didn't even bat an eye lash at someone virtually out of control ripping by us.
tom October 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I see princeton road mentioned. Some kid flipped his car onto a lawn between LB road and Brower last year. He must of been doing at least 60 mph. Not sure if they planned on stopping at Brower. The kids were not hurt but the family who's lawn the car landed on have small kids. Thank god they weren't playing out there at the time.
Mary October 18, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Andover Road...people drive way too fast. It's one block long and people drive on it like it's the Southern State. Why post town speed limit signs when no one adheres to them?
nlbr October 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Have to agree with EDL. Long Beach Rd north of Demott. Not only a speedway but used by DFAllen, Jamaica Ash and Winter Brother beginning at about 430AM Then the FED EX and UPS trucks 12-20 between 915 and 1030 and that is just going south to Oceanside, Lynbrook and Baldwin because easier to use Long Beach than Pennisula Blvd .or Grand Ave. Cement Mixers, flatbeds, anyone towing a paver, backhoe, bobcat or sheetrock. School buses and MTA buses fly starting at 630 because the light at Willow St. is 1/2 mile from Demott. Verizon Trucks all day long cause yard is on Henry St. Sysco, Snapple, Arizona, Poland Springs too lazy to use Lakeview as required by law. USPS tractor trailers. Baldwin Recycling Truck, Town of Hempstead & Nassau County Dump Trucks. Cars speeding, cross over double yellow cause you are doing the 30 mph speed limit. Forget getting in or out of your driveway on Long Beach. Never an RVC cop around. Ever since the one they used to have at the Links at the beginning of the month,who left after he got his 5 trucks retired, never seen one there. The one or two times I have actually seen an RVC cop pull an overweight truck over, they were not given a ticket. Signs posted about overweight trucks & point violations and the 30 mph Speed Limit signs are there but someone has to be there to write the ticket. Can you imagine the revenue the village would make on overweight and over the speed limit tickets!! We are the highly neglected part of town.
Bruce Watterson October 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
people use Virgina Ave and Heyward Lane as a cut through to avoid the light on Hempstead and Demott by Hewitt School. People come flying down the block regularly as we try to back out of the driveway and there have been numerous accidents. We have a lot of kids on the block and someone will get hurt seriously one day if the town does not slow people down somehow. We have a stop sign at the end of the block that people completely ignore. I have even walked out in the street a number of times trying to slow people down only to get nearly run down. It is a really bad road between 7-9AM and 3-7PM. Police need to be present there to ticket folks and maybe they will get the hint. Thanks
Anthony October 18, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Its not a cut through but the corner or Maple and Powell near the dance place. In the early evening, 530ish, people double parked dropping kids off, kids running across the street combined with the traffic stemming from the train station is a nightmare. Surprised no one ever got hit there.
GG October 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Windsor Ave, from Rockaway to Merrick Rd, & let's say just about every road in RVC!
Adam Johnson October 18, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Have any of you ever tried to CALL the RVCPD and speak to the traffic unit about your complaints, or do you just sit behind your computers as usual? They helped me out BIG TIME in the beginning of the year with speed issues in my area. They even took the time to explain to me about who gets the revenue for traffic tickets - NEW YORK STATE, not them ...... Its amazing how many people still think the local villages actually GET money for writing traffic tickets. I don't remember the percentage, but I think he said 80% or so goes to NYS. IMO, whats the point of having a cop sit on a block for 5 or 6 hours trying to get speeding tickets if the Village is only going to make 20% on what he does, doesn't seem cost effective.
nlbr October 18, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Yes, they have been called. I believe the village gets more than 20% of the tickets, It was changed a few years back. With the logic of they only get 20% of the ticket amount, RVC would not have spent the money to purchase the scales theyuse to weigh trucks when the do truck stops on Sunrise Highway. This has been going on for years in this part of the village. Ex-Mayor Bossart told a neighbor when she complained about the lack of police in this part of town that-As you can understand we can't patrol that part of the village The police focus on Sunrise Highway and the main business area! Nice reply to a complaint. The RVCPD is well aware there is a problem with trucks on Long Beach Rd because Comm. Mckeon went as far as having the "Violation Points and Fines" signs installed the length of Long Beach Road but still someone has to be there to issue tickets. If you remember a few years back kids from SSHS were coming back to school and managed to hit the curb by the curve (which was on the opposite side of the street) go airborne, and come to rest on the 6 ft fence that was surrounding a child swing set. Can't believe they were doing 30mph. By the way I pay taxes in this village so for a cop to sit on a street know for violations then that is what he has to do. Other villages police do it. RVC can too.
Brian October 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Greystone Road...used in both directions to avoid the intersection of Long Beach Road/Lakeview Ave. Cars blow through the stop signs on Greystone all the time, killed a dog years ago, it's bad.
JD October 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Adam Johnson if you read my comment RVCPD has been contacted by myself as well as from my neighbors. I did not receive the same treatment you did. All I got was a shrug and "its Lincoln Ave, what can you do about it" and believe me if I could do something I would.
THERESA October 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM
100% with Jd on this one too. Lincoln Ave is scary. I have had too many accidents and cars on my lawn the last few years. You would think that the increase in traffic and accidents would result in a patrol car showing up every once in a while. Or maybe even a re-evaluation/addition of traffic lights and signs by the village.
M. Peugeot October 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Where Long Beach Rd splits off beginning in Oceanside, residents from the North & South bear right off Long Beach rd to Lower Lincoln Avenue and cut through, once they pass Atlantic Avenue, there are stop signs on Soper St....NO ONE ever stops! They should make Lower Lincoln at St. Anthony's Church a one way street and remove the stop signs!
Parrish October 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I agree 100% about Yale pl. It should be a one way during rush hours so drivers can't beat the light on lakeview and Hempstead ave...
Irene October 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I completely agree with you! If only the police would patrol the streets and slow down the traffice! Everyone who lives in town is victimized by the speed demons who could care less that they are disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of the village. I am thinking of starting a petition to motivate the police into taking action. What do you think?
Irene October 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
This blog should be submitted to the mayor and we should ask, as a class action group, that the administration take action. Two weeks ago a heard a bang and looked out my window to see a car sitting on my neighbor's lawn! The car had careened off the opposite side curb, knocking down a tree and then swerved across Lakeview and rammed up an incline, stopping only by the obstacle of a cement-based front porch. And the driver wasn't arrested, but carried carefully off in an ambulance, sitting up and gesturing wildly as he was carted down the street by a battalion of police, fire fighters and various rescue workers. Count up the money spent and the time lost through shut down of Lakeview and the swarming of rescue workers. The police themselves only have the ability to put a stop to this. We must make our voices heard. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to bring this very accurate and upsetting blog to the attention of our leaders, ie Mayor Murray et al?
JD October 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Irene...I agree with you on the petition. Tell me where and when to sign and I am there!
Jennifer Wassenbergh October 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Lincoln ave is the WORST! People use it as a cut through because there's not many lights on it, but that doesn't mean they are allowed to just fly down it, but of course they do anyway. I know someone who lives on that stretch and there have been 2 cars crashing into her property twice or more already this past summer alone. Something really needs to be done over there. How about Rvc cops setup shop over there like they do in Malverne on Ocean - they have done such a good job that everyone now knows you don't speed down ocean ave in Malverne, unless you want a ticket! Lincoln should be the same.
Jack October 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I agree--the parking issue at the United Church on the corner of Princeton & Morris is a problem. Heading south on Morris, on the side of the church, there is a no parking sign--however, people are always parked there. If you are headed east on Princeton, it makes it very difficult to cross that intersection. Further, people do drive very fast down Princeton--that said, people drive very fast all over this town--it is scary.
Jack October 19, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Does anyone think this is ever enforced anywhere? Village Code, Chapter 309, Art. V, Sec. 309-10(A)(7) A. No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places: (7) Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway. http://ecode360.com/7727243
Irene October 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Lincoln Avenue, a long residential block with lovely homes, can be considered the epicenter of the problem. I grew up on Lincoln Avenue and have since lived in the village all my life; my mother still lives in the home. Not once during all that time have I ever observed any police giving anyone a ticket, even though the traffic is constantly disrespectful of all the rules--you name it. We have asked for the police to be involved, and believe it or not, a few years ago I was laughed at, with officers insisting no one travels more than 30 mph on the road. What do you think?
Ray October 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
The truth is....police resources are wasted. If you monitor the RVC police band on a scanner, you'll hear countless calls to respond to burglar alarms, and invariably the alarms are FALSE. I resent the police responding to the home of a resident who thinks the police are their private security force to respond to their nonsensical alarms. And.....police resources in the village are wasted on parking tickets, meter tickets, expired inspection sticker tickets, overnite parking violations....the list goes on and on!!
Patrick October 22, 2012 at 10:59 PM
To the people of Virginia Avenue. Maybe you should slow down as you speed down Morris Avenue too. Also, speed is a problem however the failure of most people to stop at stop signs is far more dangerous. Especially the streets crossing Morris and Burtis. Another thing to the residents of Virginia Avenue, maybe you should stop using the roadway as your personal playground and also stop parking your cars on the wrong side if the street. By the way stepping out into the road to make card slow down is kind of a stupid idea.
Patrick October 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Everyone likes to complain that there street is used as a cut through however they probably cut through on someone else's street to get where they are going. Putting up sighs or changing traffic patterns only moves the "cut through" to another block and creates a problem for other people. The real problem is enforcement of traffic laws and just people not being considerate and aware of the rules of the road. That includes pedestrians who walk in the road and people who run into the road in between intersections. All the roads in RVC are public and as such people have the right to drive on them so long as they follow the rules of the road.
Irene October 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Failure to follow the rules is the issue. The community needs to demand that our police force enforce the laws. Any ideas on how to do this?
Chris October 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM
The RVCPD do a great job. They have OMC and the dowtown area to patrol which I'm Sure consumes many of their resources. But it is time for speed traps on Long Beach Rd, Hempstead Avenue and North Village. These roads are a speedway. LB Road is heavily traveled by commuters on their way to and from work cutting through. A speed trap would not only make RVC safer but increase some needed revenue.
js October 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I dont live in your village nor do I choose to but I do work here and I have to drive to get here. I take my life into my own hands 5 days a week. NO ONE follows any traffic laws in the Village of RVC! Everybody just does what they want when they want and there is NEVER a cop around to do anything about it. EVERYDAY I witness someone making a ILLEGAL LEFT TURN onto Sunrise from No Village Ave-while I am making MY LEGAL left turn onto Sunrise from So Village Ave I have cars coming head on right at me-when I honk and point up to the SMALL SIGN hanging up by the light (the one everyone ignores) sometimes I get a nice smile and wave from the driver but most of the time I get cursed at (like its my fault) and then they just go around me and proceed to make the left--UNBELEIVABLE!! I am so waiting to get into a accident there--I could use a new car. Another area there is a prob with is coming out of the pkg lot at the corner of No Village and Front St (Monahan's on the right corner)- I do not understand why cars constantly contuine to block the intersection there when there 2 huge signs that say not to- the traffic light there is for the traffic CROSSING OVER No Village- there is no light for the traffic ON No Village- so when the light turns green for me to cross either I cannot get across because people are blocking the box OR they DO NOT STOP AT ALL- Im waiting to get into a accident there as well-
jessica October 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
it would be great if the tickets did bring in revenue but unfortunately even if the village judges dont throw out the ticket entirely, whatever fines there are usually go straight to albany.
Nancy October 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Agree with JD. I'm petrified crossing Lincoln Ave.

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