Council approves new speed limit.
the City Council approved a plan last week to cut in half the speed
limit on the President Streets, a local resident is waging a campaign to
reduce the speed limit on all side streets to 20 miles per hour.
Shore Road resident Michele Reinbach said statistics show
that the chances of someone getting killed in a car accident are greatly reduced at a speed of 20 MPH.
just trying to save lives,” said Reinbach, chairperson of the city’s
Public Safety Commission. “It’s all about having respect for human life.
We need to respect people’s lives. Do they have to suffer a personal
tragedy to have their eyes opened?”
her “20 is Plenty Campaign,” Reinbach said she would bring it up at the
City Council meeting and take direction about where she should go from
makes a difference,” she said. “If someone is hit by a car [at 20 MPH],
they are probably not going to die. It’s a no-brainer.”
lawmakers recently passed legislation to allow city officials to reduce
the speed limit from 30 MPH to 15 MPH on the President Streets. As a
result, on Sept. 19 the council approved reducing the speed limit on
Cleveland, Harding, Mitchell, Belmont, Atlantic, Coolidge, Wilson and
Taft avenues. The ordinance took effect immediately.
Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department, called
it a smart move to reduce the speed limit on these streets.
are narrow streets on the President Streets, and certainly if you drop
the speed down to 15 MPH, it would ensure the safety of residents,”
speed limit is 30 MPH all throughout Long Beach, except for
county-owned roads such as on Long Beach Boulevard, north of Park
Avenue, and on East Park Avenue, east of Long Beach Boulevard, where the
speed limit is 35 MPH.
“It’s up to the City Council,” Cregeen said. “Whatever speed limit they decide to set, we’ll enforce.”
He said traffic enforcement police officers are stationed throughout the city with radar guns in an attempt to catch speeders.
out there every day and see people speeding on Park Avenue and we’re
doing everything we can to stop that,” Cregeen said about motorists who
use Long Beach as a cut-through to get to one end of the barrier island
to another. “We’ve got a couple of guys out there who are so dedicated
to slow these people down day in and day out that they are writing books
could not immediately say how many summonses have been written in the
past year, but added that scofflaws will receive a $180 ticket for going
up to 10 miles over the speed limit.
said she first got involved with traffic law issues when her neighbor,
37-year-old Kate Rose-Eichin, a mother of two young children, was killed
as she stepped out of her car on Shore Road, between Lincoln and
Franklin boulevards, on June 11, 2010. Reinbach said it took two years
after the accident for the city to lower the speed limit on the
said she could either launch a petition drive or lobby in Albany for
the 20 MPH speed limit on all side streets. “We will do what we need to
do,” she said. “We’re
not going to wait two years for this to happen. I feel very strongly about that.”
addition, she said Sen. Eric Adams of Park Slope, Brooklyn is proposing
similar speed limit reductions for his neighborhood in January and
Reinbach is hoping to “piggyback off that.”
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