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Letter To Editor - Time To Ticket Speeders On Main St. Smithtown

To Smithtown Matters,

The other day I got out of my car on Main Street in Smithtown in front of Teachers Federal Credit Union.  Three cars and a truck sped by me I am sure going 40 MPH or more based on my perception on how fast they were going and the vacuum sensation I felt as the truck went by.  It immediately brought to mind the three pedestrians struck by autos in Smithtown recently as well as the aging flower memorial on the corner of Elm and Main marking the site of a fatality.

Why do drivers go so fast despite the posted 30 MPH limit?  If there is no enforcement, regardless of what the penalty might be, there is no deterrence.  In the almost 30 years I have lived in Smithtown, I have never seen anyone ticketed on Main St.  On the other hand, I repeatedly see drivers getting tickets on practically deserted side streets for “rolling stop sign violations”.  I am sure that keeps revenue flowing but doubt it provides much safety compared to what ticketing speeders and wrong lane turns on Main Street might accomplish.

Put the police on Main Street and regularly ticket speeders and shortly the word will spread, “speed in Smithtown and it will cost you money and points on your license”.  If this can be done in by Head of the Harbor and Nissequogue, it can be done on Main Street.

Concerned citizen.

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