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The most recent fatality on Port Washington Boulevard has prompted us to encourage residents to assist the Port Washington Police Department in getting some very necessary changes made to the conditions along the Boulevard, namely the areas of Trunz Food Center and Derby Road.

In October 1995, a survey was conducted by the Traffic Safety Enforcement Unit of the Port Police indicating the need for specific changes to be made in those areas, namely: a reduction to a 30 mph zone, a left hand traffic signal at the intersections of Port Washington Boulevard and Hawthorne Road/Trunz Food Center, and school zones to be posted for Campus Drive and St. Peter's School.

The request was made to the Department of Transportation of the State of New York (DOT) and was rejected.

In the three years that have passed since that time, we have seen an increase in the volume of traffic along the boulevard and a seeming disregard for the speed limit. Cars entering and exiting Port Washington drive at speeds in excess of the 40 mph limit. As mentioned in the account of the fatal accident in that area by your paper, an additional traffic light is also necessary at the intersection of Derby Road. Chief Kilfoil will again be sending the request to the DOT, but the police need our help.

Please join the Port Washington Police and us by writing to the director of the Department of Transportation at the following address: Mr. Craig Siracusa, Director, New York State Department of Transportation Veterans Memorial Highway

Hauppauge, New York 11788.

Didi and Ed Pakel



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