For several weeks in late summer a speed sign on Middle Road has been flashing motorists’ speed as they cruise westward of Snedecor Avenue.
Sometimes the speed sign is active, sometimes not.
The sign is typically put in place in response to a resident’s request or if a community patrol officer believes its necessary given consistent speeding in a specific area, according to Suffolk County Police.
“The sign is put in place to make motorists aware of the contrast between their speed and the speed limit,” explained a SCPD spokesperson. “Some of our roadways are the source of recurring speeding complaints. These roadways are placed in a non-specific rotation so that regular users of roadways where speeding is chronic receive recurring reminders of the local speed limit.”
The rotation is non-specific and not according to a strict schedule because traffic related trends and developments may evolve that requires the use of a speed sign to address a complaint in a timely manner, added SCPD.
If a sign is placed on a school-related roadway it’s typically done in conjunction with targeted speed enforcement at or near a school property at a time of day when speeding is most likely to be occurring.
Tell us in the comments below if you believe such speed signs are effective and if they help keep motorists’ speed down. If not, what other actions would be more effective?