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Sound Off: Most-Run Stop Signs in Malverne, Lynbrook and West Hempstead

Which ones are disregarded the most?

It's something that we've all seen before - reckless drivers blowing through stop signs.

We all know how dangerous Hempstead Turnpike, Merrick Road and Ocean Avenue are, but there are a few other side streets in Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook, which are considered dangerous. Part of the reason for this is because drivers don't always follow the rules of the road.

Do you know of a location in Malverne, West Hempstead or Lynbrook where a stop sign is frequently rolled through or ignored? Tell us where it is in the comments.



An Old Friend August 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
By far, without a doubt, the most dangerous run stop sign in Malverne is on the corner of Foster Avenue and Home Street. This intersection is right at the entrance of the Westwood Park. This is a place where children of all ages play. The are two playgrounds there, one for toddlers and one for older children. Parents are crossing the street there and children are riding there bikes. Cars blow through this stop sign sometimes without EVEN SLOWING DOWN!!! I have seen drivers of all ages run this stop sign. This area must have, at any given time, at least 20 children playing in, near and by the park. Families with small children cross the street all day long. Older children cross the street on their own. Cars are continually running through this 4 way stop sign day and night. This is a beautiful area and many people walk during the evening and night hours with cars zipping by them without a care. It is only a matter of time before someone get hurt there. I have sat in the park at all times of the day and night and have seen this over and over and over again. We really don't need a police car sitting on Wolf Ave waiting for someone to break a traffic law. Put a police car over by Westwood Park and watch Malverne's traffic ticket revenue rise!!! I guarantee if a police car is put there the number of tickets would be astronomical and hopefully put a stop to the running of the stop signs. I am sure more residents will agree with me and add their own comments.
John Q Malverne August 17, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Intersection of Scarcliffe Drive and Ashley Terrace. Easily 6 out of every 10 cars do not stop at stop sign. Police were informed of this numerous times, and their response is that most of the people not stopping live in the area and would not receive tickets as a courtesy. When someone gets hit there, will that tragedy be viewed as a courtesy?
John August 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Every time you expect someone to do something counter-intuiitive, you will have results like this. No one wants to stop every block--so they don't. I remember the days when there were yield signs instead of some stop signs, like at the intersection of Hempstead and Dogwood . This made perfect sense to me, but of course, it had to be " improved" and " made safer" . Baloney. I can think of many stop signs all over town that are just not needed and set people up to do the wrong thing. Speaking of the wrong thing, perhaps the police should consider obeying simple traffic rules as well. John---Saint Thomas Place
An Old Friend August 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
MPD should know, even if the residents are the ones running these stop signs, it would not be a courtesy to anyone if someone was hurt. Give a ticket once, and I am sure that motorist will stop at that stop sign from then on. Have one of the memebers of the MPD that do not live in Malverne sit at these stop signs and they may not feel the loyalty like MPD residents do.
An Old Friend August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
How can you say that enforcing the use of the stop signs at the entrance of a heavily utilized childrens playground, or anywhere felt necessary would be "counter-intuiitive" and a "set-up" by MVP. Who by the way, do not decide where stop signs are placed. Parents who have children playing in this area certainly do not want people yielding to our children. STOP and give them the right of way. Drivers, leave earlier so you are not in such a rush!!
Clioscribe August 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Whitehall and Kensington in North Lynbrook - people speed as if it weren't residential, and rarely even slow down for the stop sign.
John August 17, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I didn't say anything about a particular stop sign,and I certainly didn't say the Malverne Police set up motorists. Induce was a better word.
Laura August 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The temporary stop sign at Davison Avenue and Hempstead Ave. the sign is up during school time and down when it is not. Confusing as people who have driven through with it down often run straight through it when it is up. Should be permanent not temporary to avoid an accident.
John August 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I agree. Stop signs should not be temporary, especially around schools.
Bill August 17, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Intersection of malverne ave. and ogston terrace.....especially during the 5pm-7pm hours
Andy August 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Lakeview Ave, and Chestnut in Lynbrook. Most, probably 90%, of the traffic on Lakeview Ave. barely slows down. Occasionally Lynbrook PD will put a car there and give out a few dozen tickets for a few days, but once they are gone, it's back to the usual rolling through the stop.
Tom Grech August 17, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Nassau Boulevard and Rolling Street; people use Nassau Blvd as a cut through to avoid the lights at the 5 corners where Cross island Fruits is located. A number of neighbors and I park our cars an extra foot or so away from the curb to force a narrower road and get them to slow down.....sounds crazy but it works. Speed limit should be adjusted down to 20 MPH.
Nina Miro August 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Morris And Dogwood! Ridiculous!
Dennis Daily August 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
stop signs on Charles ST & Jefferson Ave.
Gina Genti August 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM
The intersection of Rider and Charles in Malverne from 5 pm on and early morning is nightmare. Rider is the only direct route between Franklin Ave. and Ocean Ave and to the SOuthern State. Easily 70% of commuters don't stop. I have watched as my children stood at the corner waiting to cross and cars will slow somewhat and continue on without yielding to the pedestrians as they rush to get home to their families. When there is no one waiting to cross the cars rarely slow at all. It's not as bad during the day but once business hours end it's terrible. The few times that MPD stationed a patrol car up the block there was a line of cars caught and ticketed down the road by a second patrolman. One month of consistant patrol on Rider and the village would get some additional revenue and parents in the area won't panic when a ball rolls into the street or their child heads into town to run errands. How many times have these same speeders launched onto the property on the corner of Rider and Hempstead to avoid the traffic light?
Pete Celiberti August 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM
In Lynbrook, the stop sign on the corner of Doxsey Place and Atlantic Avenue. If you're driving on Atlantic Avenue toward Sunrise Hwy, the stop sign is mostly obscured by a tree, so drivers often don't see it. I travel a lot on business and have a town car take me to the airport. I make a point to warn the driver about the upcoming stop sign now, after seeing many of the towncar drivers just blow through the intersection.
Manuel Torres August 18, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hempstead Gardens Drive in West Hempstead. The one on Linden Street. That sign is ignored 90 percent of the time.
Laura Murray August 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I live on Stevenson Street in Lynbrook. The stop sign on Stevenson at Byron (in front of my house) is run all the time. The worst offenders live on my block. Many people barely slow down. It's terrible.
Denis O'Brien August 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I'd like to thank Tara and the Patch for this article as well as the residents of Malverne for their input and comments. As a volunteer member of the Malverne Traffic Commission over the last 18 years I'd like to assure our residents & neighbors that traffic & signage concerns brought to the Traffic Commission’s concern are given paramount attention - through reflection, deliberation and corrective action, when necessary. Rolling thru or none conformance – spending thru Stop Signs; is a serious matter to pedestrians as well as accidents waiting to happen. Our Police Department acts diligently in these dangerous, life threatening situations and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Police Department for their diligence as well as inform the residents that Malverne is one of few villages that has received the AAA award for over three decades for not having a pedestrian fatality. From my experience in this matter I’d like to suggest that we, as residents, be positive examples, and follow the rules of the road!
Gregg Jefferies August 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
@AnOldFriend, "give a ticket once, and I am sure that motorist will stop at the stop sign from then on"...you can't be serious?... Additionally your plan to have a nonresident Policeman give out tickets to residents...you don't see how that could cause a problem far deeper than traffic control?
jr- September 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
JR-Lynbrook-Allen St & Ocean Ave---Allen St & Charles St---There are a number of stop lines on ocean ave along with numerous signs that clearly say"STATE LAW DO NOT BLOCK SIDE ROADS" I MYSELF ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS HAVE HAD MANY RUN-INS WITH DRIVERS WHO DO NOT OBEY THESE SIGNS--THEY CONSISTENTLY BLOCK THE INTERSECTION SO THAT MOTORISTS LIKE MYSELF ARE UNABLE TO MAKE A RIGHT OR LEFT TURN---DURING RUSH HOUR ESPECIALLY THE DRIVERS FROM OCEAN AVENUE DO NOT WANT TO WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO CHANGE ON PENNINSULA BLVD--THEY PROCEED TO MAKE A RIGHT ON TO ALLEN STREET RACE UP THE BLOCK TO THE STOP SIGN( THEY USUALLY RUN THE STOP SIGN) AND PROCEED TO MAKE A LEFT ONTO CHARLES ST.TO GET TO PENNINSULA BLVD FASTER. wE AVE MORE KIDS ON THIS BLOCK WHICH IS A GOOD THING-BUT WE ALSO NEED TO KEP THEM OUT OF HARMS WAY!
John September 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Save the caps, we get it. I have a grid at my intersection of Hempstead Ave, although no one seems to know it. Making a left at my street is almost impossible every day after work. What can I do? Get into a fist fight ever day over this? Having " run- ins" with other drivers will only get you in trouble. Besides accepting human nature for what it is, we can only hope that the right people will read this, and do something. If drivers knew they were likely to get a $75.00 ticket for this, they would think twice about doing it.
Jennifer November 15, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Is anyone from Malverne Village Hall or Police reading this I hope?? Alnwick and Bond Ave. in Malverne is ridiculous. Drivers treat it like it's a discretionary stop sign. I have avoided numerous accidents by anticipating it will be ignored and slowing down, and I have the right-of-way! Also Malverne needs to get their act together and put a stop sign on Oak and Bond Ave., as well as the intersections along the Westwood Train Station. There are may pedestrians and children in these areas and drivers are not slowing or stopping at these intersections. If there's no stop sign, people think they have the right-of-way and someone's going to get hit.
John November 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Jennifer, do you mean putting stop signs along Whitehall? People won't even slow down for them. The same is true for any area that drivers instinctively feel is unneccesary. I really don't like the idea of stop signs every block. The more you try to impede traffic, the less likely you will succede. And once a sign goes up, you are stuck with it. I , too, will drive very carefully through the areas you described, as well as most interior sections of Malverne, as more and more drivers now will run stop signs and make U turns.

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