The AAA would do better to focus on the multitude of young and middle-aged drivers who, constantly finding themselves short of time, trim a few seconds off their trip by stealing the right-of-way. Hurried, aggressive motorists running red lights & stop signs, disregarding pedestrians, and cutting off other drivers are a far bigger menace than cautious old coots. View Comment
My heart goes out to all the injured parties. But how is the design of the intersection to blame for a car that "barreled through a light pole and a street sign... went through a chain link fence and across the lawn...clipped the electric meter on that house and then smashed into the corner of 15 Van Buren"?
If I had statistics I would've included them in my post. Last summer the Calf Pasture parking lot was completely full on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You had to drive around in circles, searching (sometimes fruitlessly) for somebody who was leaving. This crowding was a marked change from previous years, and was accompanied at the time by the Mayor crowing about the wonderful increase in non-resident usage of our beach. Last week in the Hour, the Mayor and Parks Director repeated this boasting, I ask: What benefit do Norwalkers get from being crowded out of their own municipal facility?
Reckless and selfish drivers are the problem, and they are a problem all around Norwalk. Speeding, tailgating, cutting you off, zooming through your neighborhood streets in avoidance of the congested major thoroughfares, causing pedestrians to leap aside. Honking the horn and giving you the finger. Sitting stopped in the middle of a busy intersection while they figure out which way to turn, At peak hours on the Merritt, I'd say that 1 of every 10 drivers has no qualms about risking my safety to shave a few seconds off his drive time. It's as if you were waiting on line at a movie theater and someone just came along and stood in front of you. The same mentality exists on our local streets, and the situation is exacerbated by the lack of any traffic enforcement in town. View Comment
Other than this temporary dog-and-pony show, there is never any traffic enforcement in Norwalk. Selfish, reckless motorists routinely speed with complete impunity through neighborhood streets, in avoidance of the congested major thoroughfares. In my area (Dry Hill/Wolfpit), 2x the posted speed limit is common. Norwalk could monetize this situation by enacting a $50 city surcharge on all speeding tickets. There are places where a speeding detail would nail a violator every few minutes all day long. View Comment