SOUND OFF: What's the Worst Speeding Spot in Salem?

Do you think speeding is an issue in Salem? If so, let us know where you think it's the worst.

It's officially the summer, and everyone is out.

While Salemites go about their summer business, it's not uncommon to see vehicles zipping up and down city streets.

Speeding. Do you think it's an issue in Salem?

The administration and seem to think it is.

On June 1 the city launched its Go Fast, Get Fined Campaign for the second year.

“Speeding is one of the top complaints we get from neighborhoods across the City. For the safety of Salem’s residents, I hope this campaign reminds drivers to slow down," Salem Police Chief Paul Tucker said in a press release for the campaign.

We want to know if you think speeding is such a big deal and, if so, where you think it's worst in the city.

Take our poll and Sound Off in the comments below. It there is a street or area we left of the list, let us know in the comments.

ds June 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Another street that the college kids cut thru is Ocean Avenue. I see a lot of kids on that street and the cars go very fast. This has been an issue for years.
Salem is my home June 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Yes, yes, yes!!!! Ocean Ave is HORRENDOUS. I live on one of the corners, and people just blow up the street as if it's major highway. I've nearly been hit several times crossing Lafayette at the Ocean Ave corner -- as others have complained, folks just blow through the walk light -- often shouting or rudely gesturing when I point to the walk light. I do wish something could be done to slow down the traffic on Ocean.
Driving In Salem June 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Not going to reiterate what I've said many times here before in detail, but if SPD would get out and enforce the laws, this behavior would change (or at least the city would reap the financial benefit). The city also fails to make the most of the digital signs that measure speed by failing to post the speed limit anywhere near them. This happened on Lafayette (they eventually added it) and on Raymond Rd (where there is still no posted speed limit anywhere near the sign). Genius at work. And since I brought it up, how can Lafayette Street not be on this poll? There have been more serious accidents/deaths as a result of driving accidents on Lafayette in the 15+ years I've lived here than I know of on any other Salem street.
john June 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
It's a matter of having police available to monitor speed traps, when other more important problems, require them to respond. We can't increase the number of officers without paying for it. The most police I see are downtown and i don't see speeding in the downtown as a problem. The problem on Lafayette is due to the road being dangerous. It would not make sense to have an officer on Lafayette and Raymond when people are going 60 mph on Highland. Most of the accidents on laffayette have been late night and involved drinking
Barbara Mann June 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
we've posted a Go Fast Get Fined sign on the lower end of Endicott St. people look at it and then increase their speed. as residents we are extremely concerned. we fear it's just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.


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