Legislator urges uniform speed limit on Roslyn Road

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Skid marks are shown at Roslyn Road and Locust Lane after two 19-year-old Mineola men were killed on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 when their car struck a curb and then a tree in the backyard of a Roslyn Heights house. Photo Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

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Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs is urging North Hempstead to lower the speed limit on Roslyn Road, where two deadly accidents occurred this year.

Jacobs (D-Woodbury) said speed signs in the area are confusing, denoting 30-, 35-, and 40-mph limits, between Route 25B and where the road meets the Long Island Expressway. She said she wants that entire stretch to have a 30-mph speed limit.

Town Councilman Peter Zuckerman said he is "in favor of lowering the speed limit from 25B to the service road of the LIE to 30 miles per hour."

He said he would devise a plan after consulting with town leaders. "There are a few street signs with different speed limits in that stretch; I believe that it's important all of the speed-limit signs maintain a uniform limit," he said.

North of where Roslyn Road meets IU Willets Road, the speed limit is 40 mph, except for before the curve where Roslyn Road veers into Locust Lane, where there are warnings for 35-mph speed, town officials said. Afterward, the speed limit returns to 40 mph until the road meets the Northern State Parkway.

One speed sign that hangs over Roslyn Road lists 40 mph as the speed limit, while a nearby street-level sign and markings on the road surface, before it veers into Locust Lane, have a 35-mph warning.

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"This is total confusion right now," said Jacobs, who said she worries that as the limit increases, "the higher the driver will go because of that speed limit."

Two Mineola 19-year-olds, Steven Clancy and his passenger, Javier Gonzalez, were killed in March traveling north on Roslyn Road, when the car they were in crashed into a homeowner's backyard, police have said.

Farther south on Roslyn Road in April, Facundo R. Ponce, 43, of Glen Head, the driver of a pickup truck, was killed in a collision with a charter bus, police said.

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