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.

Theresa Buonomo May 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I wish could blame the light for the accidents, but it is the drivers who are so aggresive. Everyone is in a hurry to get , I don't know where. The drivers on Park Street are the same way, they speed up behind you when you try to obey the laws and even pass on the left, if you drive too slow. Other than for the summer, Long Beach is a residential area.
david katof May 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
it's the same story everywhere. people don't stop at stop signs, they roll through on red lights and dont stop before making right turns, texting, cell phones, no signalling.. we live in a dangerous world with people who don't care about other people....unless it happens to them. the dogs on the boardwalk. the bikers who ride up and down the entry ramps. it never ends. the animals now run the zoo.
inplainsight May 02, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Speeding leads to red lights, the timing of the lights lets you travel further at the speed limit. It does not seem to be a speeding avenue because of its width. Wish the lights on Park were timed so well for the speed limit. Also wish they would retime the light on Tennessee, which while out of time makes drivers speed to get thru it. What is the rush, another minute or two, life is short, why make it shorter
Eddie May 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The County and the City's responsibility is to provide the most efficient traffic control system. Synchronized traffic lights save gas, cut down on noise and expedites traffic flow. We have a police department to enforce speeding and illegal action. You can't legislate and control -- in this case, delay -- the entire population to prevent the 1% who may choose to break the law. This is as stupid as putting stop signs on every corner. Oh, Long Beach already did that.
John May 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Synchronized lights work, but only in the right areas and when set at the proper frequency. On Park Avenue in LB, for instance, the synchronized lights are one of the main instigators of aggressive driving throughout the town. Rather than allowing traffic to move through town in a controlled but efficient pace, they actually retard one's ability to get through town efficiently. The impact of this is that people speed in order to try to get through more 3 lights at a time, or they take to the side streets and blow/roll through stop signs, making our ancillary residential streets more dangerous for everyone. If LB wants to reduce aggressive driving in the city, it needs to synch its lights with the speed limit. If this allows a driver to get through town only having to stop at 3 or 4 lights, more people will travel on Park and only use side streets to get to their respective neighborhoods. Obviously, this will necessitate stopping east and westbound traffic at different times, but I'm confident the residents of our fair city will be able to make the adjustment.
LBLover May 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
totally agree with you.. I don't drive on Park Ave for that reason. Faster to cruise the stop signs on Walnut and Olive than drive on Park
delete me May 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
It ain't traffic synchronization that causes driver stupidity, its drivers pursuing their personally optimal strategies completely disregarding the social optimum. The price of anarchy, my friends.
cabbage patch kid May 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
fire island has a good model. I think the cops should be a presance more often to prevent speeders and yellowlight speed ups and red light slow downs. Cops giving out tickets expensive ones that cost more than gas. How about crossing guards? How many dead people does it take for something to be done. I don't think the lights are the problem.
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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