Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00
Motorists driving along the Jericho Turnpike in Old Westbury will have to slow down, as the speed limit between Aintree Road and Glen Cove Road has been reduced by 5 mph to 50.
Westbury mayor Peter Cavallaro has been urging the state department of transportation to lower the speed limit to 40 mph since last year, when a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a car.
“We are pleased that the state has now replaced the signs to reduce the speed limit. As studies show, any lowering of the speed limit, even by five miles per hour, should have an impact and save lives,” Cavallaro said.
The 50 mph is still the highest speed limit along Jericho Turnpike. Surrounding portions of Jericho Turnpike in Mineola and Oyster Bay are 30 mph and 40 mph. respectively.
“I still think that 50 mph is too high and I will urge the state to consider lowering the speed even further,” Cavallaro said.
The three-mile stretch of road is located in Old Westbury. Along the road lies Hicks Nursery, Friends School, and Westbury High School, as well as numerous private driveways, four houses of worship, two cemeteries, and several other businesses. Some people have complained that the speed limit was fine at 55, and that there should have been more of an emphasis on enforcing the existing laws and speed limits.
However, Cavallaro said that in the past two and a half years there have been two fatalities along this stretch of road, which have been caused in part by excessive speeds.
“I agree that the speed limit should be enforced, but the lower limit is an improvement. In the future, we will attempt to have the limit lowered even further,” Cavallaro said.