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.

Colin Young June 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Until we have the budget for laser cannons, I'd be happy to settle for speed bumps along Mason and Buffum Streets. The big issue there, especially Buffum, is that with all the cars parked there you can't see if there is any oncoming traffic until you're in front of it, and that's on foot. Pulling out of a driveway is an act of faith. Even though it would be a major inconvenience to me, I'd even support making Buffum one-way from Mason to Randall and from School to Randall. That would stop all the people cutting down there to avoid North St. traffic.
Jack Carver June 23, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Not their fault, late for their tee time
Matt Buchanan June 23, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Cabbies like to cruise down Cabot and Hazel to save time between Lafayette and Canal, they fly over the hill near Roslyn and Holly way too fast!
Mike Magee June 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I'm from Nahant. They are serious about enforcement out there. Lynn has a very interesting trick. Instead of parking the old cruisers in the LPD lots, they park them in residential areas to look like speed traps. The move them around regularly. It works, and probably keeps the residents a bit safer from breakins as well.
Rose S. June 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Raymond Rd. is an adorable resdential street (20 mph) however it also happens to be the cut through to Marblehead. Cars fly down this street even with a lighted sign indicating "your speed". There's a lot of kids and animals on this street, i've seen people going 40mph, way to fast for this neighborhood.
Jenni Schillizzi June 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
School Street is hilly, and has a few blind curves. We see and hear cars and trucks fly through all day long in both directions. There's a nasty bump in the road right in front of my house, and every time a speeding truck hits it, it scares the crap out of me! Unfortunately, I hear that sound many times a day, even from the back of the house. There's no reason that anyone has to drive that fast, especially on a side street, although School Street does get treated like a main thoroughfare.
Vicki Sumner June 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Broad St gets a lot of speeders because it is used as a cut thru. We hear screeching tires constantly. The digital speed sign is useless.
Edward June 23, 2012 at 04:36 PM
How about...Highland Avenue between Willson Street/Cherry Hill Avenue and the Lynn line, both sides. Traffic signals are not a deterrent because drivers blow right through the red lights as if they're not even there. An increased police presence would certainly help...
chester suchecki June 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
it would be nice if the mayor took that 1.7 million for projected cruise ships and put it in the police department budget. then maybe chief tucker will have some funds for traffic enforcement.
KlassySalem June 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Nice, but totally illegal.
Diane H June 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I can't believe that Lafayette Street didn't make the list. Despite numerous deaths and many more injuries & all of the work that the city has done to curb speeding....the Marblehead end of Lafayette (dead man's curve) is still a very dangerous stretch of road. I wish I had a nickle for everytime I have pulled out of my driveway with no cars in sight and then suddenly have some idiot riding my bumper! The city has done many things to improve the speed but to no avail. I have said it many times but I will say it again, the only solution is to start writing speeding tickets...hit them in the pocketbook and it will improve!
Bill June 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Don't see alot of speeding, just backs up, slow tourists and people confused about the horrible roads. I find driving through Salem to be frustrating b/c it is so slow. So many lights and construction sites.
Paul Sullivan June 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Flint st, between Federal and Essex. Everyone uses this as a short cut and tries to beat the red light. Crazy people always in a hurry. SLOW DOWN PLEASE.
Wendy Snow-Lang June 24, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Why can't any of you spell the word "too" correctly? When you mean "also" you need two o's. TOO. Thank you.
Dan H June 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Fort Ave heading to or from the Willows, also Memorial Dr. And also drivers need to be taught the correct way to do a right on red. Just because you stopped behind a car at the light does not count. Drivers have to stop at the light before turning. Pedestrian crossing at Lafayette and Derby is crazy, drivers think its a free pass to go......surprised no one has been hit yet.
Edward June 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
90% of the cars coming out of Marlborough Road take a "right on red" without stopping for the red. Nice place to have an unmarked stationed. They would take in a lot in fines...
chester suchecki June 24, 2012 at 02:24 PM
salem is a traffic fine paradise with thousands of repeat offenders. we can only wish something gets done about it. plastic signs and electronic speed signs are no deterent like an officer pulling somebody over for traffic violations. this will also get the unlicesed.uninsured off the streets. then maybe in a decade or two our insurance rates might come down.
Jared Robinson June 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM
speed bumps get destroyed in the winter... temporary bolt-in speed bumps might work though.
Jared Robinson June 25, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I know people that use those speed signs like it's a scoreboard
KlassySalem June 25, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I do that, but only on my bicycle.
Lisa Dolloff Bernardo June 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Salem has the worst drivers I've seen, ever. There is so much traffic, but for some reason most people still don't give themselves extra time, or something... You live here! You know there's going to be traffic, so relax and give yourself five extra minutes, geez. Every single day I see someone making crappy driving moves: speeding, tailgating, going through red lights (sometimes even after stopping and deciding they're too special to wait), blocking the box, laying on their horn for no reason, not stopping at stop signs... name a crappy move, and we all see in it Salem on a regular basis. The worst part is that the cops don't seem to care. Whether they think there are more important things to deal with in Salem, or whether it's not in their budget (giving more tickets would bring in more money, so that doesn't make sense), they do nothing. Why would anyone who already has issues with entitlement (the rules don't apply to "me") stop doing what their doing if there is never any punishment? Want people to stop blocking the box downtown at Washington and Derby? Don't put a stupid sign out that everyone will ignore, put a cop down there and start passing out some tickets! Want people to stop speeding down streets? Well, hey, maybe start giving out some tickets. It's really not that hard of a concept, so what's the problem?
Rembus June 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Before they get to School St, they have already flown down Balcomb St. People often use Balcomb as a by-pass to North when traffic is heavy. It amazes me how fast they can get up to 'speed' after turning the corner at Oakland
Leese June 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
North Salem is problematic! Incoming 128 traffic uses Tremont, Mason & Flint as quick cut-throughs into town - and all are horrrible speeding streets. Those escaping constant backups on North St or taking back roads from Beverly to into town use Balcomb, Symonds, School, Dunlap & Buffum as speedy cut-throughs. The whole area is turning into a highway. The police do come and tag speeders - during peak hours, but they can't be here all the time. This model - constantly utilizing our underfunded/understaffed police officers - simply isn't sustainable as a solution, as it's only effective while they are ticketing. Once they leave, the speeding continues, and at all hours of the evening. Interestingly, when the city undertook its NRCC traffic study to look at developments in the North River corridor expected to add 9000 daily trips to the area, they refused to include most of the problem speeding areas north of Mason St, despite resident requests to consider this entire problematic North Salem area. I'm really hoping the real estate market starts to recover, as we'd like to sell and get out of this neighborhood ASAP, before the traffic and speeding problems increase to the point where we won't able to attract buyers. Then we'll like to take our real estate tax dollars to a town where the needs of taxpaying home-owning residents are considered a priority - rather than developing things like cruise ship wharves, bike lanes, and other tourist-attracting, nice-to-have amenities.
Jennifer June 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Marlborough Road, yet another famous cut-through, is treated as a speedway during all times of the day, but especially at night. It is a curvy road and people come flying down and go off the road all the time. Just a few weeks ago another lovely driver woke us up at 1:00 as he plowed into a neighbor's retaining wall. Our own mini-van was totalled as it was parked in our driveway at 2 am Mother's Day weekend a few years ago. Thank God the van was parked where it was or that idiod driver would've been in my living room. Did I mention the other car three doors down that was flipped over and in flames a year or so ago? There have been countless other accidents---ALL due to speeding. I have personally my driveway as a hangout for the police department.....in a perfect spot to nab the speeders as they zip around two curves in the road. PLEASE, before someone dies on this road, PLEASE do something.
Tom Uellner June 25, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Absolutely right. If there is no penalty, the self important, rules don't apply to me types have no motivation to change. I was out an hour ago and watched as a van with dealer plates flew through a red light on Bridge Street at St Peters Street. He didn't even touch his brakes. If some poor soul was pulling out of the side street, they'd be dead because this idiot would have slammed right into him. He was probably writing a "really important text".
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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