Bombs Away!

What is it about Roseville Road?

The traffic light at the Post Road — next to McDonald’s — seems installed for decorative purposes only.  Every cycle, a parade of cars plows through the red.  Like spawning salmon they come — one after another after another — with only one thought in mind:  Gotta move on!

A friend marvels that he once saw 6 cars tear through 1 red light.  I don’t doubt it.  He lives near Hillspoint; he’s seen it all.

As for cars already on the Post Road:  The least-obeyed light in town is at Trader Joe’s.  Exiting that lot has become a feat of death-defying derring-do.

Westporters are known for our casual attitude toward motor vehicle laws.  But the lights at Roseville and Trader Joe’s are in a league by themselves.  By comparison, every other traffic signal is protected by a force field.

“06880” readers:  Why are some lights less observed than others?  If you’ve got a theory — or better yet, a solution — click the “comments” button now.

I took this shot during the very 1st red light I saw. Note the cars in the intersection -- coming from both Roseville and Hillspoint Roads. And yes, the silver car on the left also continued through the red light.

I took this shot standing at McDonald’s, during the very 1st red light I saw. Note the cars in the intersection — coming from both Roseville and Hillspoint. And yes, the silver car on the left also continued through the light.

4 responses to “Bombs Away!

  1. Chip Stephens

    Maybe it will take someone getting killed on the Post Road before the red light running and speeding behavior is addressed

    OMG that already happened….

  2. That intersection really needs a left turn arrow – if you are trying to turn left onto the post road from where you are standing it is near impossible to see the oncoming cars signaling (if they even both to do so).

    Not that that will stop Westporters from running red lights, but still…

  3. I agree that this intersection is the most dangerous in Westport. I have two possible solutions; unfortunately, they are not practical. The first would be to station a policeman in the intersection, although this would be akin to a suicide mission. The second would be to erect 4 railroad crossing barricades. This would work fine until some idiot in their suburban assault vehicle plows through them.

  4. What about the “no turn on red” intersections – like the one on Riverside Ave and Bridge St? I could list a handful of others.

    Sometimes these patterns in behavior mean that the traffic arrangement should change to something that people respect.