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Dix Hills residents demand increased traffic enforcement at 'dangerous' stop sign

Blake Clark showed News12 footage of cars as they sped down Clarendon Street and ran through a stop sign located at Prescott Avenue.

Emily Drooby

Dec 27, 2023, 10:39 PM

Updated 200 days ago

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Residents of a Dix Hills neighborhood say they are fed up with traffic infractions that were committed on their street.
Blake Clark showed News12 footage of cars as they sped down Clarendon Street and ran through a stop sign located at Prescott Avenue.
Clark said, "After 23 years of fighting this battle, I am over it."
Clark was raised in the Clarendon Street house that he now owns and lives in with his own family.
"It makes me feel angry, when it was just me as an adult, it didn't bother me. But now I have two children, and there are 17 kids on this block, it's a dangerous situation. These people don't seem to care, they don't seem to slow down," said Clark.
According to Clark, he has personally saved 179 videos from the past 40 days of people not obeying the stop sign. That only includes the times he was home to monitor his camera.
Clark's neighbor, Kathleen Serafin, said she has noticed the traffic infractions for years.
Serafin said, "6 a.m., 11 p.m. It's all day, it's such a huge problem. We have had some police presence here who have helped maintain it, but not enough. Where now it's getting a little scarier, I have a 3-year-old who wants to be outside and I don't trust my 3-year-old being outside."
Clarendon Street connects two major roadways, Straight Path (near Seaman Neck Road) and Deer Park Avenue. It is one of only a few roads in the area that connect the two roads directly.
Clark said he has worked to draw attention to the issue for quite some time. He told News12, a local politician put him in touch with the Suffolk County Police Department. He said, since speaking with them, they sent a car out twice to issue tickets.
"But then they leave. And it's a temporary solution that they think is helping, but it's not helping," explained Clark.
Instead, he wants to see a big increase in traffic enforcement on the road and he also suggests they add some kind of temporary speedometer to the street.
Suffolk County Police Department told News12 they have increased enforcement in the area and that they gave out twenty summonses in 2023, most of them for failure to stop. They added, they will continue to monitor traffic complaints and adjust resources accordingly.
News 12 also spoke to a representative of the Town of Huntington; they said it is a stop sign compliance issue and notified the Suffolk County Police Department's Second Precinct. However, they did direct us to the results of a study they did back in 2022 along the entirety of Clarendon Street about stop signs and speeding. That study found 85% of traffic speed on the street was 39 mph in the westbound direction and 41mph in the eastbound direction. Based on data collected on similar roadways throughout the Town, the speeds were determined to be "moderate at best."
They added that the town will use a temporary driver speed feedback system along Clarendon, adjacent to the 30 mph speed sign, to further determine traffic speed through additional data.


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