Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray with the aid of a grant from New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo today unveiled the first batch of speed awareness signs that the town will be installing to increase safety at seven local schools. The first four signs were unveiled at Saw Mill Road and Park Avenue Elementary Schools in the North Bellmore School District. The Supervisor and Senator were joined by Councilman Gary Hudes and Councilwoman Angie Cullin at the speed awareness sign unveiling.
The installation of these signs is especially significant in a time when there have been a spate of pedestrian accidents. Just this past week a baby was killed while crossing the street with her pregnant mother who was also seriously injured.
The officials pushed to ensure that the signs were installed prior to daylight savings time when it is darker outside while children are travelling to and from school.
“Today is a great day for the students at Saw Mill and Park Avenue Schools. These speed control signs are an investment in the safety of our children,” said Supervisor Murray. “Drawing upon a grant from Senator Fuschillo, town employees are installing these signs at local neighborhood schools. Thank you Senator Fuschillo.”
By the end of October, speed awareness signs will also be installed at Forest Lake and Mandalay Elementary Schools in the Wantagh School District, Centennial Avenue Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District, Seaford Middle School in the Seaford School District and Grand Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.
Each school will receive two speed awareness signs, one in each direction on the affected roads. Speed awareness signs are electronic signs that notify drivers of the speed at which they are travelling. These signs have proven very effective in slowing motorists, especially in school speed zones.
The 2’x3’ signs, manufactured by 3M each cost $2,300. They are programmable and, if desired, can be turned off when school is not in session.
"School zones are filled with hundreds of students and parents walking to and from the school building; speeding drivers pose a dangerous threat to their safety. Installing these speed signs will help deter motorists from speeding and enhance the safety of children, parents, and drivers. I am pleased to have secured state funding for the Town of Hempstead to make these important safety improvements," said Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr.
“I am happy that several schools in my councilmanic district will be the recipients of these important signs,” said Councilman Gary Hudes. “There is nothing more important than the safety of our children.”
Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby added, “I was thrilled to learn that Centennial Avenue Elementary School would receive two of these valuable safety devices. West Centennial Avenue is a busy street right off of North Long Beach Avenue, so these signs will truly help protect students.”
“I would like to thank Senator Fuschillo for securing funds for Hempstead Town to obtain these sign,” said Councilwoman Angie Cullin.
The Hempstead Town Traffic Control Division will be installing all 14 signs over the next three weeks. In many instances the poles have already been put in place for the installations. The schools receiving the speed control devices have all expressed appreciation for the safety devices.
“I am thrilled that we are able to improve student safety at these seven schools. With days getting shorter and some students arriving and leaving school while it is dark out, now is an especially important time to be installing these signs,” concluded Murray. “Senator Fuschillo and I have already discussed the expansion of this program, and I want to reiterate my gratitude to the Senator for securing funds that will help safeguard our kids.”