Town to increase speed sign warning

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Town to increase speed sign warning

Town of North Hempstead officials are expanding a program that reminds drivers to watch their speed.

Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth announced Tuesday that the town received a $65,000 grant to purchase and place 20 radar-activated speed signs. 

Last year, the town received a $100,000 grant to purchase 29 speed signs and two speed “trailers.”

“It is wonderful that we are able to equip even more areas in our town with these speed signs to help remind drivers to slow down and to obey the speed limit,” Bosworth said. “We hope these new radar-activated speed signs will encourage drivers to practice safe driving habits.”

The grant, which state Sen. Jack Martins assisted the town in obtaining, is from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the same agency that gave the town last year’s $100,000 grant. 

Town officials said the electronic signs display how fast a driver is traveling and the speed limit. 

Bosworth, the town’s highway and public safety departments and Martins are identifying locations  where they would be most useful, town officials said. 

Last year, East Hills, East Williston, Flower Hill, Great Neck, Great Neck Plaza, Lake Success, Manorhaven, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Port Washington North, Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Saddle Rock, Westbury and Williston Park all received speed signs.  

Martins said he was happy to assist the town in getting funding for the  public safety initiative.

“Speeding endangers lives in every community.  These signs achieve a single, important purpose, encouraging drivers to slow down,” he said. “Expanding this program by putting more of these signs on the streets will save lives and help reduce speeding throughout the Town of North Hempstead.” 

 

Reach reporter Joe Nikic by e-mail at [email protected], by phone at 516.307.1045 x203. Also follow us on Twitter @joenikic and Facebook at facebook.com/theislandnow.

BY Joe Nikic

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