North Hempstead town council members unanimously approved a resolution to give a speed sign to 11 North Shore villages last Tuesday, in a move that aims to slow drivers down and improve safety.
The move will give radar speed signs, which post the speed of a driver, to the villages of Baxter Estates, Great Neck Estates, Kings Point, Munsey Park, North Hills, Old Westbury, Plandome, Plandome Manor, Roslyn Estates, Sands Point and Thomaston.
According to the resolution, “various incorporated villages within the Town have expressed interest in obtaining signs” and nothing prohibits North Hempstead from transferring signs to incorporated villages.
The new signs come atop speed signs Westbury, Williston Park and East Williston received in 2015.
Money from two New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services grants – a $100,000 one from 2014 and $65,000 in 2016, respectively – is being used to pay for the signs.
Michael Tomicich, the village clerk-treasurer of Roslyn Estates, said that he believes the speed radar sign will “definitely” help get drivers to slow down along Mineola Avenue.
“There’s a lot of speeders up and down there,” Tomicich said, adding that he also sees it in his own commute.
Old Westbury Village Administrator Brian Ridgway said that while speeding is not typically a major issue in the village, it will serve as a “subtle reminder” for people to watch their speed around schools and the village’s windy roads in the dark.
“This was something that the village was asked by the Town of North Hempstead several months ago if we would have use for one and we said, definitely, yes,” Ridgway said.
Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg said that the speed radar sign, which will likely circulate around village speeding hot spots, will tell drivers when they are speeding and might slow some people down.
And while “it’s not a panacea,” Weinberg said they need to do what they can.
“Anything we could do that would help would be good for the neighborhood,” Weinberg said.
It’s unclear at this time when the villages will receive the speed radar signs.