The Town of North Hempstead is delivering radar speed signs to its villages in an effort to keep motorists from driving over the posted limit.
The town received a $100,000 grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in 2014 and a second grant from the same agency for $65,000 in 2016. The town used some of the money to purchase speed signs for Westbury, Williston Park and East Williston in 2015. Last week, the town decided to give more villages the signs, which use radar to determine and display the speed of approaching cars.
During last Tuesday’s town meeting, council members unanimously approved a move that gives one speed sign each to Baxter Estates, Great Neck Estates, Kings Point, Munsey Park, North Hills, Old Westbury, Plandome, Plandome Manor, Rosyln Estates, Sands Point and Thomaston.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth said the 11 villages getting new signs in conjunction with the town will have a say in determining where they will be placed.
“Radar signs definitely do their job by getting a driver’s attention and slowing them down,” she said.
The town will give the new batch of signs to the villages in coming months.
Village officials plan to keep some of the radar signs at one intersection indefinitely while other signs will be occasionally relocated.
“The idea is to keep the radar sign in a problem area and then move it around after a few weeks,” said town spokeswoman Carole Trottere.
East Williston received its first radar speed sign from the town in 2015, and it now sits on Roslyn Road.
East Williston Mayor David Tanner said it’s a good thing that other villages are getting these signs because they’re effective in making motorists slow down. He said the signs serve as a reminder for people to monitor how fast they’re driving.
“And the more reminders you have out there, the better,” Tanner said. “We haven’t done a study or anything, but it makes you more aware.”