August 10, 2009
TO: Supervisor Linda Kabot
FROM Fred Cammann Bridgehampton CAC
Concerning ; Police traffic coverage in Bridgehampton
I am sorry we have to prevail upon you again; your support for our efforts on behalf of Bridgehampton are just terrific and we are the better for it. It seems as though every year, particularly during the summer months, the traffic problems in Bridgehampton seem to mount. We are well accustomed to the amount of traffic, but the movement of vehicles is taking on a more ominous nature in 2009. The problem now is that motorists moving through our community are understandably taking advantage of the numerous routes that surround the main street. The result is a constant stream of drivers on surrounding streets that are not adapted to this level of traffic flow..
We are experiencing serious moving violations: speeding, out of turn jumping at the 4 way stop signed intersections, perilous competition between cars, bikers, joggers, and commercial vehicles. The resulting impact is not limited to the participants but also affects the local residents because the latter find it hard to compete with the traffic when they go about their ordinary daily tasks. Indeed the residents of Lumber Lane have formed a citizens’ group to seek help in addressing this problem and are presenting their case to the CAC at our meeting on Monday August 24 at 7:00 at the Bank Meeting Room
The CAC has asked me to request that the Police Department and any other Town personnel that you might suggest come to our meeting so that we can constructively discus this dangerous situation. I have to admit that we are aware of most of the reasons why the traffic situation is as it is, and we aware of the vast areas the police are forced to cover, but we do question the priorities of some police enforcement that constrains pretty benign parking violations and outdated registrations and inspection stickers rather
than providing patrols that may do much to reduce the a series of disasters just waiting to happen. In fact we believe an ever increasing number of vehicular accidents in this area can easily be linked to the traffic problems our residents have identified. So we ask for your help and extend our invitation to come to a constructive meeting on August 24.
link to the letter to Captain Tenaglia here