Out Of Control - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1716078

Out Of Control

On July 7, between 4:30 and 5 p.m., there was another accident on County Road 39. I have lived on that road for almost 30 years, and it is the worst I have ever seen it.

A car made a left to go east (during the “Trade Parade”), cutting off a Jeep heading west, which had to swerve and then lost control and flipped on its side. An eastbound traveler had to avoid all this, and had to speed up to follow the person who caused this to get a picture of their license plate number.

This road is out of control. Drivers are out of control. The center “turning lane” has become a HOV lane, a high-speed lane, and a travel lane in either direction to turn left at P.C. Richard’s or Henry Road, Burger King, or to use Summer Drive as a short cut.

The turn lane is to pull in and stop, and go when it is clear to turn or move into the direction headed. No one does that!

There have been countless times when I have been in an accident pulling into or out of my driveway. The most recent: I was coming home from work and entered County Road 39 at Magee Street, heading east. I always pull in one house before, and I had to move out because a FedEx truck was coming fast; I pulled back in and stopped nose-to-nose with a pickup truck, almost head on. I had words with him — he was using the turning lane just to move up to the light at Sandy Hollow Road and then cut back in.

Traffic light intersections should have “No right on red” from Tuckahoe Road to David White’s Lane! The turn lane should be like at Shrubland Road: No left between 5 and 10 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m., in either direction, except for businesses and residents.

From any building on County Road 39, turns should only be allowed to the right, in the traffic flow direction — no crossing into oncoming traffic! All exits should be curbed and paved to the right so only to head in that direction.

This road was better before they took land by eminent domain to make it wider: five lanes and no shoulder room. Traffic is faster than ever, more road rage, more running yellow and red lights, people who feel they are entitled — we know who they are, this is “The Hamptons.”

And the rumors of rotaries or round-abouts is an asinine idea. We don’t have enough police to enforce the road, and more people will be killed and more accidents will occur.

We need serious change.

Tim McCarthy



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