2012-02-10 / Letters

Ignorant Drivers On Beach Channel Drive

Dear Editor,

I’m writing this letter in hopes of bringing a very dangerous situation to light, with which no one seems to be concerned. The problem is the flagrant speeding which exists on Beach Channel Drive, specifically in the east and west bound lanes past Beach 95 Street. My biggest concern is the ignorant drivers who speed in excess of 50 miles an hour, right in front of Beach Channel High School and Scholars’ Academy while they are in session and even the times when the school population is going to and leaving the school. Everywhere else in the state the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour.

I wonder if these dangerous people who are doing 50, 60 and sometimes even faster, have children. Do they even realize the danger in which they’re putting our irreplaceable futures, not to mention any one of a number of other accidents they could cause.

Even when there is a red light and there are 10 cars deep at the light, I still see drivers doing 40 to 50 coming to the light instead of slowing down long before the light.

That and the fact that the students don’t cross in the designated crosswalks or don’t cross at the correct timing of the lights or just step out in between cars all make for a very dangerous situation, but the responsibility of the driver to have control of the 3000-pound bullet they’re pointing at our children.

If the 100 Precinct or Highway or Traffic police or whoever is responsible for moving violations would put a radar car there, even if it were for a few of the important hours of the day, they would certainly make their quota very easily, making plenty of money for the city.

After a few weeks of doing this I’m sure people would realize they will be citied and the problem would, for the most part, go away. It worked in Broad Channel, but they abandoned that and once again drivers are treating CBB like their own personal freeway also doing 50 miles an hour and above.

All the children of BC have to cross the boulevard, putting their lives in danger, just because some driver is a little behind schedule, or they’re in a rush to get home; it’s not worth children dying for that.

These uncaring drivers who put children’s lives in danger had the chance to grow up. Let’s make sure the children have a chance at life.

To the commander of the 100 Precinct, I strongly recommend you initiate some sort of action to deal with this problem before someone gets killed (major collision in front of the sewer plant the other day 01/05/12, don’t know if anyone died). I’m surprised no one else in this community has written to the board about this atrocity. People better wake up!

MICHAEL COSTA

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