Traffic Hazards?? We Want You!

22 Jan, 2013

By Polly Kreisman


“I was actually in the crosswalk with my children and a car honked at us and drove right through!”


Later this week we will examine some traffic areas–intersections, crosswalks, traffic lights–where drivers and pedestrians alike? say they experience frequent problems that could lead to tragedy. The quote above comes from a mother who says she was walking her children to Murray Avenue School in Larchmont one recent morning.


Incidents like this happen dozens of times every day.


Do you know a problem area? It can be anywhere from Pelham to Rye where people drive. email us or leave a comment below, and we’ll try and get some action.
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  • http://Website Pradagirl47

    The hugest traffic danger problem inthesuburbs is the fact that no one their signals to indicate a turn. Why this is, i can not figure out. I dont know if people are lazy or distracted or just think they own the roads but i have nearly had dozens of accidents because people move from one lane to another or turn in frint of you without warning. I really fear for my children’s lives as they are youg drivers.

    A chronic problem is cooper lane during times when st. Paul and john is having services. Even though there are signs saying there is no parking on the hilly curve going into the driveway of the church on cooper, they are routinely ignored. Cars are blocking lanes so you are forced into the center of the street on ascent and can not see what is coming up the hill. I wish the signs would be enforced.

  • http://Website Janet

    Drivers making a right hand turn out of Orienta seem to believe that a “right on red” sign entitles them to go even if there is on-coming traffic on Boston Post Road.

  • http://Website Oreo

    Way to go! Press on!
    The Town is way to slow to address safety issues. Is it stopped waiting for a serious incident?

    “Committee–a group of men [sic] who keep minutes and waste hours.”
    – Milton Berle

  • http://Website phyllis

    I agree with pradagirl. My worst nightmare is the intersection at weaver and palmer, trying to make the left from weaver onto palmer on school days at drop off and pick up time.. even with a walk light AND a crossing guard, its a hazard to walkers . The second day i tried walk to school with my boys, we got the walk light, the crossing guard was outt but even so, a driver sneaked the left and came within inches of hitting my handicapped son who obeys thenlaws but assumes that everyone else does too. I made some calls after that incident to request a left turn arrow signal and apparently it is contentious between county and state road resposibility. It seems to me that nothing will be done until tragedy strikes. Meantime, i will add to the extreme traffic congestion and pollution, pick up/drop off my kids at central. better safe and polluted than pavement pizza.

    another gripe since all is working now! i live next to the girl scout house. the train tracks are in our back yards. there USED to be chain link fencing to keep children and pets off the tracks. this is no longer the case. girl scouts can ru up a hill onto the tracks. myn kids can get there too right from our yard. when i called Metro North about this I was accused of not being a vigilant parent!! metro north was rude and haughty regarding safety. yet here we are, electrified tracks i. our back yard with no fencing, no safety features or even warning of danger.

  • http://Website Oreo

    Did someone expect government to interrupt what it isn’t doing to deal with what needs to be done? Have they not heard about the 2%?

    “Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.” – Lily Tomlin

    There is no plan for traffic and safety in this community nor for the increasing number of cars on our roads; just a traffic committee. But then we’re all to blame, as we all focus on what is in front of us, the street we cross, and simply demand a solution that moves the problem down the road a bit.

    Larchmont, where planning an anathema, reactivity preferred.

  • http://Website phyllis

    I went looking for possible solutions for the traffic trouble around town – which mostly seem to be around the elementary schools at arrival and dismissal times. We can apply for a grant in October through the NYS Safe Routes to school program for a “traffic calming” grant. There seems to be much available in the way of funds and planning assistance…take a look at some of the grants awarded earlier this month:
    https://www.dot.ny.gov/news/press-releases/2013/2013-01-14

    • http://Website Oreo`

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. – Will Durant

      Perhaps Larchmont/Mamaroneck could learn from Rye which received a grant.
      Where’s the application that Larchmont/Mamaroneck submitted?

  • http://TrafficHazards??WeWantYou! Vesna

    I have one dangerous intersection what I have to pass everyday with my daughter on the way to school; it’s Boston Post Rd and Richbell Rd in Mamaroneck. There is very heavy traffic in morning and afternoon there and our cross guard Jim can have big credit as he saved so many kids from being hit by cars. There is no just walk or just drive on that intersection and that gives drivers right to make right turn same time when pedestrians have walk sign. Well it seems drivers are all in big rush behind wheel as there is no shown intention from anybody to stop and give right to pedestrians. When is afternoon dismissal there you have in same time kids from three different schools-Central,Hommocks and High School. That is sometimes over 2 thousands of kids walking and in danger to be hit. I tried to call Town and also State as Boston Post Rd is state road so only NYS dept of transportation can do something; but no good results. Few years ago they even said is to expensive to adjust lights to just walk; well how expensive are our lives or we need an accident to change and do something. Also there is crossing by Nautilus Dinner and road toward Trader Joe’s parking what is so dangerous for people to cross.

  • http://Website Frank Drebin

    What about Hommocks Road and Weaver & BPR after the new 114 Condominium complex is biult at Hampshire Country Club? This will make all of that even worse.