I am replying to a letter regarding speeding on Playland Parkway from Chris Cohan, published in your February 2, 2018. I am a longtime resident of Rye and
regularly drive on that particular road.
My hat is off to the City of Rye Police for their earnest efforts to keep traffic flowing on that road at a safe, moderate speed. Signs clearly indicate what the speed limit is. There is even a speed indicator warning sign that flashes when speeders come zipping down the road after leaving I-95, plenty of time to put foot on brake and slow down to legal speed. The focus is to have cars and commercial vehicles driving safely on this road.
I find it interesting that Mr. Cohan uses the term “speed trap” to describe what the Rye City Police are doing. According to the “Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language”, a speed trap is “a section of roadway, often with inadequately posted or hard to see speed limit signs, where hidden police or electronic devices trap unwary drivers exceeding the speed limit.”
The town is not running a speed trap. Tickets are given to <<all>> those who do not slow down and who disobey the posted speed limit, no matter what race or color.
In my opinion, the City of Rye has a really fine police department, and with regard to Playland Parkway, the police are just doing their job.
- Alan Marasco