To the Readers' Forum:
I am writing with concerns about cars and trucks speeding on Stone Road in the Town of Poland all day long but mainly during the early evening hours.
Last year I went through the proper steps to have the speed limit reduced from 55 when people were driving 60-65 to the new speed limit which is 45. However, the speeding is still rampant and if anything it's gotten worse with motorcycles doing well over 80 down the road. Since the original limit was dropped, we have had more families with children who enjoy to going for an evening stroll, not to mention the addition of several Amish families who have moved to the area as well.
I have 10- and 7-year-old children and I am concerned for their safety as well as mine and any other person who lives on Stone Road. I have spoken with the Chautauqua Sheriff's Department, and the State Police. They told me they did not have the manpower to patrol my street but yet they have time to sit for an hour or more on I-86 doing absolutely nothing. The sheriff's deputy did say that he would see what he could do.
My road, although not a main road, is a major short cut to Allen Street. While I realize that the police may not have manpower enough to be a constant presence, I feel that something more needs happen to curb the excessive speeding before something tragic happens.
Town of Poland