Residents call for more stop signs, speed bumps
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Nov 21, 2017 | 5320 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents in Woodhaven and Ozone Park are concerned over recent car accidents due to speeding and a lack of traffic controls.

At the Community Board 9 meeting last Tuesday, several residents voiced their frustration over the situation.

Farad Khan, a resident of Ozone Park, said there are car accidents happening almost daily on the corner of 90th Street and 103rd Avenue. Even though there is a stop sign on 90th Street, Khan said many drivers continue to speed down the street.

He said it’s been an ongoing problem for three years.

The situation is not only dangerous for families with children who live in the area, but as well as for students attending nearby Divine Mercy Catholic Academy.

“At night, we have to remember not to park our cars near the corners because when we’re sleeping we’ll end up waking up to a ‘boom,’ and the driver who hit the car will be gone by the time we get out of the house,” Khan said. “By the time cops come to take the police report in the morning, the car is already damaged.”

Khan proposed adding an all-way stop sign to force drivers from all directions to slow down.

“There’s an accident every single day,” he said. “Pull a police report out from that zone and you’ll see.”

In addition to calling 311, Khan has contacted Borough President Melinda Katz’s office, as well as the office of Councilman Eric Ulrich, but he said there hasn’t been any responses from either thus far.

Another resident who lives on 91st Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, said there’s an issue of drivers speeding down the avenue as if they were racing.

“It’s amazing that we haven’t had more accidents and we desperately need speed bumps to slow these people down,” she said. “You can’t even get in or out of your driveway without worrying about them.”

The board voted to recommend the city install several speed humps in the area. Locations include 108th Street between Jamaica and 91st avenues, 108th Street between 91st and Atlantic avenues, 90th Street between 97th and 101st avenues, and five speed humps along a stretch of 85th Street between 87th and Atlantic avenues.

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