Letter to the Editor: Stop signs are for safety

To the Editor:

In a community that folks care about as much as most who live here, community begins with safety. Changes in safety requirements are needed for those on foot and for those behind the wheel. We all reside in a beautiful area which is quite old, whose infrastructure did not foresee a time where cars travel from 0 to 40 mph in seconds and drivers multi-task behind the wheel.

The “Y” that forms the Leroy-Middlesex triangle is “fondly” referred to as the Bermuda Triangle by local residents. There have been numerous complaints and requests from them to the Police over the years to do something about the higher rate of speed people are driving to and from an area that has not a single bank, store or restaurant as a destination. It happens to be the Darien High School and points north.

The Darien High School, home to over 1,100 students a day, does not provide buses for students who live within a certain radius and therefore are required to walk to school. Moreover, the high school is more than a school that operates from 7:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. five days a week. It serves the entire town year-round — before dawn and after dusk — for school, sports and community events, seven days a week.

Finally, it is important to note that the Darien Police Department is the official traffic authority in our town, and it decides what necessitates the addition of a stop sign or any traffic safety improvements. They rely on two things: data and public concern.

The 3-way stop is a stop. Stop for other drivers, stop for crossing pedestrians. There has been a round of thanks by many to the police department for these additional safety measures, none of them viewed as “going beyond safety requirements.”

Beth Harmon

Joanna Garrett

Deb Ritchie

Stony Brook Road, Darien




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