Speeding, tailgating, and running red lights on Rt 30 - Lancaster Ave
An announcement in the MLT says there will be a crackdown on agressing driving on Rt 30, from "end to end", Ohio Border to wherever Rt 30 ends in Philly, .... somewhere near 30th Street Station.
While I personally think they can never do enough of this on Lancaster Ave in Lower Merion, it's frustrating to contemplate the reasons listed:
- “There have been far too many crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways linked to this type of behavior.” - district safety press officer for PennDOT.
- “The facts suggest that we have a problem with aggressive driving,” - Lou Belmonte, district traffic engineer with PennDOT. You think?
- “There were 483 traffic crashes along Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion Township in 2012. Many of these are due to aggressive driving,” “The focus of this joint effort is to address aggressive drivers as well as emphasizing sharing the road with motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists.” - Lower Merion Police Supt. Mike McGrath.
My complaint is only Lower Merion Police Supt. Mike McGrath mentions pedestrians.
In the core of downtown Ardmore pedestrian user friendliness is abysmal. And that is being kind and giving the benefit of the doubt, witness the presence of police at every intersection the week of the U.S. Open. Even with a uniformed officer stationed at every intersection there was little change in the ability to walk across the street. Yes the police would occasionally click a button to change the light to allow crossing, but did the agressive driving cease?Not in my observation, people sniped left turns on red, ignored walkers crossing the street, speed through the core of the downtown, tailgated, road raged and acted like everyone should get out of their way.
If eight or ten full time uniformed officers stationed at every intersection can't calm traffic, change driving behavior, and cite the scoffalaws (no, even with ten full timers they weren't ticketing the scoffalaws ) just what will?
And don't get me started on the argument that if one of the wealthiest and most affluent suburbs in the entire Philly region can't manage to maintain pedestrian user friendliness in their core, then who will?