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Letter: Dangerous Drivers

 

My wife and I moved to the Baker Hill section of Great Neck approximately three years ago.

 

  We have two young children, and moved here for the wonderful schools, great parks, ease into Manhattan for work and because of how safe the area is.

 

  We have been very happy here, except for one significant problem:  the dangerous drivers on Middle Neck Road.

 

  On a regular basis, police officers from the 6th Precinct, Great Neck Estates, Kings Point and Kensington set up check points to catch drivers who speed, which is great.  It keeps people from speeding in a congested area, and promotes the general safety.

 

  But why aren’t other general traffic laws as vigorously enforced by the local police officers?

 

  The biggest issue is the failure of drivers to yield to pedestrians.  My wife, while she was pregnant, was almost hit by a driver while she was in a crosswalk and clearly had the right-of-way, and I have seen drivers on a regular basis simply fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks when the pedestrians clearly had the right of way. 

 

   This is in addition to the double-parking problem, in which drivers just stop in the middle of the Middle Neck Road, and force drivers to pull into oncoming traffic to swerve around the illegally double-parked cars, the failure of drivers to use basic signals when they change lanes and the failure of drivers to follow a number of other basic traffic laws.

 

  Driving on Middle Neck road is extremely dangerous right now, and pedestrians walking on Middle Neck road face similar dangers as well. Someone is really going to get hurt if this problem is not addressed.

 

  I do not understand why the local police precincts do not enforce general traffic laws on Middle Neck Road in Great Neck with the same vigor that they enforce speeding

violations.

 

 Thank you for your time and effort.

 

Jay Markowitz