2005-12-16 / Community

101 Pct. Begins Study To Decrease Speeding On Seagirt Blvd.

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

An electronic speed sign called a ‘valuable’ sign stationed between Beach 16 and 17 Streets, shows the speed of cars going down Beach Seagirt Boulevard.
An electronic speed sign called a ‘valuable’ sign stationed between Beach 16 and 17 Streets, shows the speed of cars going down Beach Seagirt Boulevard.

  • In an effort to decrease accidents on one of the longest stretches of road in the 101 Precinct, Captain Milt Marmara, the precinct’s executive officer, told The Wave that an informal study has begun to combat speeding on Seagirt Boulevard.
  • Since the week of December 5, a police car and speed sign has been posted on the medium between Beach 16 and 17 Streets.

    “We do a lot of speed enforcement in that area,” said Marmara on Wednesday. “We’re trying to decrease accidents and get a sign [there] permanently.”

    “To combat speeding, we’re looking at a lot of different aspects, also enforcement and engineering. We’re looking at the feasibility of getting a permanent sign or, like Queens Boulevard, a smaller one overhead.”

    The ‘valuable’ speed sign, as the electronic sign is called, shows the speed at which the car is traveling. The speed limit along Seagirt Boulevard is 30 miles per hour. Most cars which The Wave has seen passing the sign have been going between, or just over, 30 miles per hour and 40 miles per hour.

    Seagirt Boulevard, one of the longest stretches of road in the 101 Precinct, is known for fast speeds and accidents.Seagirt Boulevard, one of the longest stretches of road in the 101 Precinct, is known for fast speeds and accidents. It was at the intersection of Beach 17 and Seagirt Boulevard where 17 year-old Tamika Regan was killed by a hit and run driver on the evening of September 8.

    “That was our first fatality there in five years or more,” Marmara said.

    Marmara responded to some of the suggestions, such as more lighting and speed bumps, hat were made at a memorial for Regan on Tuesday.

    The captain said the precinct, if it were determined that a traffic device was necessary, would have to work with the Department of Transportation on structural changes, such as speed bumps.

    While those who came to the memorial service called for more light along the road, Marmara explained that the intersections are well lit. Although he was unaware of the on again, off again lighting that occurs between traffic lights, Marmara did promise to personally check on the problem.

    Also, in reaction to the accidents in the area, Councilman James Sanders, Jr. has called on Constance Moran, the Queens Borough Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, to do a study of the area between Beach 17 Street and Beach 19 Street on Seagirt Boulevard.

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