Rockland police seek to slow downtown traffic

Jul 02, 2018
Photo by: City of Rockland A digital sign that shows vehicle speeds of 20 miles per hour or greater was posted last week.

Rockland — The city has erected a speed display board on Main Street in an effort to slow drivers.

The Rockland Police Department issued a notice last week on the city website.

"One of the most common complaints the Rockland Police Department receives from citizens is about a car traveling too fast on Main Street," the notice stated.

"Getting drivers to reduce their speed is one way the Rockland Police Department can truly save lives. Getting a driver to reduce his or her speed not only makes that driver safer, it also makes all the other motorists and pedestrians who share the road safer. And every other driver who passes a motor vehicle stop is likely to slow down. With the dangerous consequences of speeding well documented, the Rockland Police Department takes every citizen complaint about speeding seriously," the department stated.

The Police Department, with the help of Rockland Public Services, attached a speed display board on Main Street to make motorists aware of their speed.

"Unfortunately, a constant police presence is expensive and not realistic. So periodically there may be a Rockland police officer conducting speed enforcement in the area for those that do not appreciate the warning," the department stated.

The sign does not display speeds slower than 20 miles per hour.

The fine for speeding less than 10 miles per hour over the limit is $119. The fines increase the more over the limit.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Lawrence Edward Galkowski | Jul 05, 2018 15:00

thanks for trying to slow the traffic on Main St. RPD. Seems to me that most of the speeders don't live in the area. I don't live in town  now but when I am driving on Main St 15-20 mph is plenty fast with the congestion.

Posted by: Don Dickinson | Jul 04, 2018 14:30

The city ought to think about calibrating it. I drove by it on Monday going slightly over the speed limit and it said I was doing 22. Guess I wasn't speeding after all. :)

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jul 03, 2018 07:37

A sign at "the end" of Main street ?  I suppose that may appease the dancing peasants for a few weeks while we distract them with other things to ponder like the immigrant crisis  or other crucial "moral" issues.  If you truly want to slow down traffic on Main street, make it a single lane, or put bends in the traffic patten.  Put cameras at stop lights like every other city does. The police are not going to ticket because the state keeps all the money.  Change Broadway to Route one and make Main street more pedrestrian friendly.  Of course none of these things will ever happen.  We are "Mainers" and prefer to keep things the same.

Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Jul 02, 2018 17:40

Odd that the digital sign is near the END of the business district and doesn't have the speed you are supposed to be traveling at.  It doesn't say you are too fast...just what speed your at now!

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Jul 02, 2018 14:29

I agree, drivers have to be so vigilant when pedestrians just wander into the streets without looking.

Our Main St. looks like a courtyard in places so I understand the relaxed state of mind some are in,

however, safety comes first. Jaywalking is serious. Driving a car down Main St. can be intense with speeding, delivery

trucks and walkers crossing on a moment's notice.


Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Jul 02, 2018 12:42

There was a question the other day about why some crosswalks were being put at a slant. I expect it might be for drivers to get a better view if someone is on the crosswalk.  I see so many pedestrians cross in the walks, neither looking right nor left. They seem to be in a trance. Coupled with cars being parked right up to the crosswalk, the driver cannot see if someone is entering a crosswalk.  In some countries, there is no parking allowed within a certain number of feet from a crossing.

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