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Patch Question: Do Synchronized Lights Contribute to Speeding?

Let us know what you think of the traffic light timing on West Beech Street.


Park Street in Atlantic Beach, the village’s main thoroughfare that eventually turns into West Beech Street in Long Beach, has actuated traffic lights that remain green and only change when a car trips a sensor.

Atlantic Beach resident Thomas Diceglio, who has worked as an inspector of traffic control for the Town of Hempstead for 13 years, said he regularly witnesses cars, buses and motorcycles traveling 60 mph without getting stopped by lights. He believes the actuated lights make his town a dangerous place to live, and even attributes a fatality in the village last year to the speeding problem.

The county installed the actuated lights in 2006, and Diceglio has petitioned to have them reverted back to the previously used timing system. But Nassau County Public Works spokesperson Mike Martino said that the county doesn’t have plans to return to the original system, although the county is in the process of “procuring equipment that will allow these lights to be controlled and monitored on the county’s traffic management system," Martino said.

Throughout West Beech Street in the West End, the traffic lights, while not actuated, are synchronized to turn green, yellow and red simultaneously.

Do you think this timing system contributes to speeding on West Beech? Let us know in the comments.

Misty May 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I think you are 100% correct. Enforcement and hitting pockets is most effective course of action.
John May 03, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Not for nothing, but Fire Island has like 2 roads and 10 cars. The amount of manpower it would take to duplicate that here would exasperate an already dire payroll situation with the City.
Misty May 03, 2012 at 01:30 AM
We need to express the need for efficiency with the staff (after the layoffs) that is in place in all departments. It's time to maximize the ability of each an every one of them. Times are tough and everyone needs to rally together. Hard work has killed very few people.
dt May 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
synchronized lights help traffic flow more easily . People tend to speed more when lights are not timed because they don't want to get stuck at every light. The lights on Park are Not synchronized at least not correctly. That is the problem. If you want an example of synchronized lights drive up 6th ave in Manhatten in the morning , at 30mph you could drive for quite awhile without hitting red.
Leslie May 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I think that law enforcement should control speeding and that the lights should be synchronized so that traffic flows smoothly if traveling at the speed limit. Park Avenue I find that only at night they are synchronized properly. During the day it can take you 20 minutes to get across town which is crazy.

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