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Just Sayin': Emergency sirens should be retired

A man was shot twice during a drive-by

A man was shot twice during a drive-by shooting in Chelsea, police said. Credit: iStock

Have you ever started your day tired and irritable because you’ve been awoken repeatedly through the night by local emergency sirens that far exceed any noise standard? Do you frequently have to hang up your phone after explaining to a concerned party that everything is OK, you’re not under attack, and you’ll call back after the siren sequence is over? All this while your windows are shut tight.

As the sirens mercifully fade, you hear the collective wail of suffering and terrified residential dogs that find this ritual as incomprehensible as I do. If you live in the hamlet of Oyster Bay, this is your life. The question is, why?

Radio and other electronic communication should have long supplanted the siren system. I understand that some communities have wisely banned the alarms at night. If that’s so, why are they needed at all?

Whether we realize it or not, we all suffer the health effects, both physical and psychological, from our noisy, machine-ridden world. The only wailing sirens should come from emergency vehicles so that our first responders can get through traffic.

Wendy Ryden, Oyster Bay


Suffolk home-alarm fee penalizes responsiblity

Suffolk County’s new home-security-system registration and permit fee, with fines for more than one false alarm, is ridiculous.

The county claims it will reduce the waste of police resources due to false alarms. However, houses with alarms are less apt to be robbed, reducing the need for police resources.

If a would-be burglar shoves on your door or window, and the house alarm rings and the burglar runs, it would appear to be a false alarm but was not. It prevented a burglary, reducing the need for police resources.

When an alarm sounds, a monitoring station contacts the homeowner before calling police, reducing potential false alarms, again reducing the need for police resources. Thus, those of us who are helping to reduce the need for police resources are being penalized.

One regulation to reduce potential false alarms would be to mandate yearly inspections to be sure faulty sensors are replaced.

Mace H. Greenfield, Melville


Drivers cause hazards by not signalling

I’m amazed at how many drivers don’t signal when changing lanes or turning. Aside from being very discourteous, this neglect can be dangerous, especially for motorcyclists like me.

If police started to aggressively enforce the law by writing tickets, perhaps people would remember to use their directionals.

Rick Meuser, Huntington Station