SPEED ZONE CHANGE PROPOSED FOR RT. 210 IN STONY POINT WOULD BE EA$Y STAKEOUT

Rockland County Times

urlAt Tuesday night’s board meeting, Supervisor Geoffrey Finn announced his support for a 30 m.p.h. speed zone on Rt. 210 from 9W through the end of the Farley School zone, which is already 30 m.p.h. Finn cited complaints from residents having trouble pulling out of driveways.

Not mentioned at the meeting: the speed zone would translate into an easy stake-out for the police department as it is in the same area as police headquarters, which is located adjacent to a downhill straightaway heading west. A straightaway and a downhill section heading east are only a few hundred feet down the road from police headquarters, as well. Very few drivers are likely to go 30 m.p.h. in this area.

While there are legitimate concerns about speeding, especially for those persons with short driveways living close to 9W, a restrictive speed trap in a heavily traveled corridor should be subject to discussion and a polling of the public, the Rockland County Times editorial board believes. This discussion does not appear to have taken place.

The change in speed limit is proposed on a county road, so the board awaits permission from county lawmakers to make the changes. On the stretch of Rt. 210 after Farley School to the Palisades Parkway, the speed limit was reduced from 55 m.p.h. to 45 m.p.h. a few years ago.