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Weigh in on Burns Park Traffic

Traffic can get heavy when Burns Park holds summer events. Should there be more officers assigned to the area?

On Tuesday night, authorities had to investigate a serious accident while dealing with a huge crowd at John J Burns Park.

Two teens were struck by a car, seriously injuring one, at the same time the Town of Oyster Bay was holding their annual "Salute to America" and fireworks show.

The accident investigation closed Merrick Road for several hours and made for some difficult times for those leaving Burns Park.

But anyone who has ever been to the park during concerts and events at the park, know that it can be slow going.  

We want to know if assigning more public safety or police officers is the answer. 

Take our poll below and weigh in with your comments.

Cathy July 19, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It is amazing that people can spend hours before the event starts, but when it is over they are in such a rush to get out. SLOW DOWN!!!
lm July 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The girls were hit before the event was even over. It's the impatient drivers, when are people going to learn to have some patience? . Putting other lives at risk and then having to live with that! Is that worth it?? I've lived in MAssapequa for over 20 years and I've never seen such chaos nor did I see any public safety officers or police . I traveled that part of Merrick Rd. at 6:30 coming from work and again at 7:45 attempting to get to the Massapequa south funeral home. At the wake we were discussing how crazy it was on Merrick Rd and WHY isn't there anyone directing traffic!! So to answer your survey ,more ,some would have been nice!
Jaime July 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The girls walked into the middle of the road. They didn't cross at the intersection, waiting for the signal. So, even if the car was moving slower, it would have struct them anyway. Sad, but this could have been prevented.
Steve July 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
There are more cops in the park sleeping or watching a game when there is nothing going on. A couple of weeks ago I saw Suffolk cops in the park watching a little game for almost 2 hours. Absolutely incredible
lm July 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Yes they should have crossed at the intersection however I saw cars that went right through the red light at the intersection and also by Ace Also when anyone is hit ht with more speed comes more force thus more serious injuries. You are right it could have been prevented perhaps by patience and police presence
RMDAV July 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I travel Merrick Rd alot and I can tell you it's like being in the Daytona 500. It's not just when there are events at John Burns, try traveling it when the high school lets out at 2:25. People speeding, tailgating, on phones, and always blowing the lights. Not only should there be security or patrols during events it should be there every day when over 2000 kids are leaving school to have lunch, and after school when the students all jump in their cars and drive like complete idiots. What a mess and suprising that more people have not been hurt there. I would bet the red light cameras could prove how many tickets were given for people speeding and blowing the light at the corner of Park & Merrick.
Let Freedom Ring July 19, 2012 at 01:37 PM
With all due respect I was in the area attempting to go to ACE about 15 minutes before this accident occurred, and as I left the parking lot to head to Home Depot there WAS a cop at the traffic light. He was with a security guard and they were assisting with people crossing at the light. I get tired of hearing everyone complain that it's the governments fault. A little personal responsibility on the drivers and pedestrians part will go a long way in preventing such tragedies. That being said my prayers to the family of both the injured girls and to the 18 year old driver as well.
Kristi July 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
It is very dangerous at Joludow and Merrick Rd. People are constantly speeding in that area. It has been a location of may accidents for many years. There needs to be a light there.
JPS July 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I live right down the block and cringe when they have these events at the park. I think it is nice that they have them, however, they do such a poor job managing them like everything else (i.e. our property taxes). It is a shame that two young people had to get seriously hurt before the town finally wakes up and addresses this issue. Are they that blind that they didnt see this coming? For the most part the people are very nice out here and it is a nice place to live but the people in charge dont have a clue what they are doing.
marilyn corona July 19, 2012 at 02:32 PM
i agree the traffic can be crazy along Merrick Rd near Burns Park especially when there are games or events going on (and after school lets out). I think there should be No left turns allowed from the west driveway. I have seen many near misses with cars and pedestrians. There is a light at the East driveway and thats where the left turns should be made. I dont know if that would help , but it would keep the drivers a little less distracted while they are driving on Merrick Rd. The drivers also have to slow down and pay attention because some people will do anything whether or not its legal to do. My thoughts and prayers go out the the 2 sisters (and their families) who were seriously injured and well as the young driver whos life has also been changed forever.
Cosmo July 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
People need to cross at the light. It may be a walk but it is the safest. Newsday did a big story last year about how much the town of Oyster Bay spends on its own Public Safety officers. Well where are they? They should have a large presence at concerts in the park. I cant remember the last time I saw them in John Burns. The basketball/ handball areas smell from pot and beer, but never an officer to be seen. Maybe off the point, but we teach our children from a young age how to cross the street and to extra careful at night. I hope they both get well very soon.
Donna P July 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
i have to exit from Redwood Ln to cross Merrick Rd. Visibility is terrible and when you make a left you take your life into your hands. There were many, many accidents on this corner and when we requested a light at this intersection we were denied because of the one by Corner Galley. Something needs to be done to control the speeds people do on Merrick Rd. Half of the time cops are in alleys probably napping or reading the paper. My daughter was in a serious accident 2 yrs. ago when someone was heading south on Block Blvd and paid no mind to the oncoming traffic. Her car was hit and she was sent across Merrick Rd. thru the fence at John Burns and if it wasn't for the stone wall would have wound up in the water. Definitely a dangerous road.
tony July 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I have to agreed with Cosmo. If there was ever any need for Safety Officers it would be at events like those held in most TOB parks .I don't blame TOB government, I do blame how they utilize the resoures (and our tax money) available. With the reduction of police personnel, our TOB Safety Officers can perform the duties. needed at these events. Yes ,and like Cosmo I do see the Safety Officers parked in areas where it seems to be no need for them to be there. As to following the walk-don't walk signals and crossing at the intersections, it will not stop the pedestrian accidents. I recently missed being struck by TWO cars in a supermarket parking lot I had to stop short to aviod being hit by the first car and thankfully did not step back as the second car going the other way went past me. would have hit me. Both cars were traveling at an unsafe speed in a parking lot.
M Margolin July 19, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I was there last week to see America and it was crazy how many people just started walking in front of cars, in the middle of the stretch of road -- they just walked into traffic to cross the street --- so, yes, being as people are oblivious and selfish, it would be best to have more police/crossing guard presence.
the baby July 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Don't get me started about how people drive out here, there is not enough space here for me to express myself. There are plenty of us folks out of work that would have helped control the masses, but I suppose that would ruffle some feathers with Town workers.
jean g July 19, 2012 at 08:49 PM
totally true Cosmo. The presence of SOMEONE or SOMETHING needs to be there for ongoing issues in that park but at least when major events are sosored it would be nice to see them there keeping the "public safe"
Cathy July 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Public Safety is not allowed to direct traffic, as per the Police Dept. They are allowed to patrol town facilities. They are not allowed to work in the streets as per the Police Dept. Im very sorry for those girls & their families & hope for a full recovery for both of them.
bob gee July 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
the town has a public safety unit, and a well paid unit at that, there is also the auxillary police and if you can roust some of those nassau cops from the fire houses you could use them too
Cathy July 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Im going to say it again. Public Safety is not allowed to direct traffic in the streets. This rule comes from the police department themselves. Public Safety is only allowed to direct traffic INSIDE the park. Again i hope for a full recovery for both girls
John Rennhack July 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Public Safety sure can direct people traffic. And that is the issue. If there were jaywalkers, Public Safety can direct people leaving the park to the cross walks. They can do crowd control.
bob gee July 21, 2012 at 03:03 AM
change the rule and get them out in the street
Marie C July 21, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Im I wonder why people were going through the red light. Does an event mean laws are bypassed? Very strange.
Marie C July 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Is it possible they were on a break or their tour ended?
Marie C July 21, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Hopefully they will do something now. They did on Sunrise after at least 2 people from my street were killed in separate incidents - and there were several others before and after. Now there is a light at every corner from the Mall to Park Blvd.
Marie C July 21, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I constantly see kids and adults (I did it myself in the past) crossing sunrise while traffic is flowing. Just the other day 1 kid made it across to the middle island and the other two kept stepping out and he was flagging them on - between cars. There is no changing kids. If they are doing it on Sunrise, they are most certainty doing it on Merrick Road.
Cathy July 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
You would need to go thru the Police Department to have the rules changed. Its the police that control traffic on the streets
Monica Deutsch July 23, 2012 at 07:15 PM
yes the girls crosseed at the middle of an intersection and that is exactly why we need more police or public safety at that corner. cant believe the amount of people that crossed there even as the fire tire and ambulances were blocking being able to see on comming traffic. it was rediculous and its a miricle noone else got hit.
Monica Deutsch July 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
thats not where he was needed. they need a crossing guard at the other corner where there is no light.
James July 24, 2012 at 05:34 AM
What happened to the girls? And are there any charges against the driver?
Mass Mom July 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
No charges she stopped... not her fault just a very unfortunate accident. Girls we're doing ok.. but nothing more said. I'm glad to see everyone above follows the 30 MPH law on Merrick Rd and all the side streets. I know no one in Nassau Shores does. They blow stop signs all the time and doing over 30again mph ..


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