I just wanted to express my opinion on the countless articles I read in the LB Patch, LB Herald, Newsday and everywhere else with regards to making our roads safer (and slower). I really do agree 1000000000% that something needs to be done with the speeding in Long Beach. I agree 1000000000% that we need to Slow Down The Town. BUT enforcing the law, stop signs & 20 MPH speed limits just aren’t enough.
- You cannot have a police offer at every single interaction enforcing the law. Cars speed because they know this.
- Stop Signs don’t stop cars from stopping. I can see three stop signs outside my window and the majority of the cars don’t stop at them. Heck, a good number of them don’t even slow down. I wish I could set up a video camera to prove this, but there might be some sort of invasion of privacy issue that I don’t want to deal with.
- 20 MPH? See #1.
All of the above are good ideas and would help, but the only way to really slow cars down is to install speed bumps at every single intersection on all the side roads. You paint them yellow, put a”CAUTION: SPEED BUMP” sign before all of them and call it a day.
I lived in Bayside, Queens about ten years ago and saw speed bumps in use. The area I am talking about is north of Northern Blvd and a few blocks east of Bell Blvd. See for yourself; they work. Cars slow down. They have no choice. Everybody is so much safer.
End of story.