SOUND OFF: Newport's Worst Drivers?

If it were up to you, where would you set up Newport's latest speed trap?

We've all had the feeling—a driver cuts you off, ignores a red light or speeds past a group of children and our sense of justice kicks in: “How great would it be if a cop saw that?”

Bearing in mind that City Hall decision-makers occasionally read our comment section, we wanted to throw this question out to our readers: in a perfect world, where would you set up the city's next speed trap? 

Your neighborhood cross street? A school crossing walk? Somewhere along your Memorial, Broadway or Bellevue? Tell us where the city should set up a net for speeders in our comments section below. 

KC1019 August 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I wish that police focused on Bicycles. They RARELY obey the laws of the road and I think that if cops were out there enforcing the laws to the byclists it would GREATLY improve the traffic around this city. So many people on bicycles just fly through intersections and stop signs without stopping causing motorists to slam on their brakes and almost cause an accident. Why don't the officers site them when they do not follow the rules of the road?
5th Warder August 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Although this isn't so much a vital safety issue, it definitely is an issue of civility and common sense: where America's Cup turns right onto Lower Thames. There's a right turn lane and a lane for continuing on up the hill. Most people will wait patiently in the right turn lane, (which can get long) but there are a significant number of &$$holes who take the faster left lane right up to the intersection, then stop and cut right, across and into the right turn traffic. If I and everybody else have to wait our turn, what makes them so damned special that they can do this? I've seen this enough time to know that it is very often cars from Connecticut. I don't know. I want to think maybe they're just lost or stupid. But they usually know exactly what they're doing.
kelly August 21, 2012 at 08:19 PM
No one knows how to drive in a rotary. I got this information from the Newport Police Dept. If you are driving from Connell Highway (from the vicinity of Walmart) you yield to the person ALREADY IN THE ROTARY. If you are coming from 7-11 or the U-Haul place you yield to the person ALREADY IN THE ROTARY. If you are coming from One Mile Corner/Broadway/West Main Rd or Newport Grand or Newport Bridge you yield to the person ALREADY IN THE ROTARY. It is very simple: if your car is not in the rotary, you YIELD. If your car is in the rotary you HAVE THE RIGHT-OF-WAY. People do not know or do not care about this simple rule. I have seen so many people just keep going whether there is a vehicle there or not. I've even seen someone cut off a gasoline tanker going to the Shell station. And a big help to these poor misguided folk? Use your directional!
PG August 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Forget about specific locations or types of road users. How about just some basic enforcement ANYWHERE and ANYTIME it's appropriate? I've had police behind me and witnessed aggressive redlight running, stop signs being completely blown right in front of me, and various other violations in plain view of the police and there is no response. Pretty basic, easy to enforce stuff. The town could use the money. Should be easy pickings on 45 in a 25 tickets along 1st Beach. I feel this is a broad, town wide issue, just as much as specific spots are problems. I don't want to see true speed trapping - as in abusing a posted section of road for profit - but ticketing the gross offenders really seems to be WAY down on the priority list of this police department at this time. Some change is in order for the safety of all types of road users.
Chrissie Readwin September 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Couldn't agree more. The pedestrian crossing on Memorial Blvd by Cliff Ave and Gibbs Ave is a death trap. I walk my 3 children, aged 5,7 and 9 to St.Michael's school everyday and we have nearly been hit twice now. (since Sept 2012) I always wait for both lanes of traffic to stop before stepping out on the crossing, but then there's the traffic speeding down the hill who fail to notice the stopped cars at the crossing and have to slam on their brakes. Thankfully the car in question stopped just in time otherwise she would have ploughed into the stationary car which would have been pushed forward into me and my 3 children. Then there was the time that all the cars in the first lane had stopped and the second lane was clear, so we began to cross. Then a car came down the hill to find all the cars stopped on the inside lane, so pulled out into the second lane and started accelerating towards us as we were just about to cross the second lane. Again, she screeched to a halt just in time. People definitely speed down the hill but to be fair, the crossing is in a dangerous place and is not particularly visible. It seems ridiculous that I am forced to drive my children to school because it is not safe to cross that road.


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