People in the area of Recreation Park on Binghamton's West Side say motorists appear to be slowing down a bit since a speed display sign was set up.

Park users often have expressed concern about drivers who ignore the speed limit while traveling through the neighborhood.

City police recently set up a "speed trailer" near the Beethoven Street park entrance. The portable device measures the speed of approaching vehicles and shows the result on a large red LED display.

The posted "park speed limit" on Beethoven Street and Seminary Avenue is 25 miles per hour. The speed limit on Laurel Avenue - along the east side of the park - is 15 miles per hour because of the nearby Horace Mann Elementary School.

A Binghamton Police Department "speed trailer" on Beethoven Street on June 1, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A Binghamton Police Department "speed trailer" on Beethoven Street on June 1, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
loading...

A man who was walking along Beethoven Street Wednesday said he was pleased with the effect the speed display sign appeared to be having on most motorists. He said sometimes drivers raced down the street "going 50 or 60." With the sign in place, he said vehicles appear to be traveling more slowly.

The man said he is concerned because "a whole lot of little kids don't look" when they cross the streets near the park.

On two days this week, a reporter observed most drivers observing the speed limit, although the display sign indicated some were traveling between 35 and 40 mph.

16-year-old Harper Stantz died in March 2019 after she was struck by a speeding vehicle as she walked from the park on Beethoven Street. The Jeep was being driven by a man who admitted he was impaired by drugs.

A Jeep struck and killed a Binghamton girl near Recreation Park on March 11, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A Jeep struck and killed a Binghamton girl near Recreation Park on March 11, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
loading...

The Binghamton police speed trailer previously had been set up along Route 434 in the work zone where the Greenway is being constructed.

The police department's traffic division plans to set up the portable sign in other park zones around the city in coming weeks.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com. For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

LOOK: See the iconic cars that debuted the year you were born

RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks

To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker compiled data from the National Park Service on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

LOOK: Stunning animal photos from around the world

From grazing Tibetan antelope to migrating monarch butterflies, these 50 photos of wildlife around the world capture the staggering grace of the animal kingdom. The forthcoming gallery runs sequentially from air to land to water, and focuses on birds, land mammals, aquatic life, and insects as they work in pairs or groups, or sometimes all on their own.

LOOK: Here are the 10 US golf destinations with the most courses per capita

Discover where you can find the best access in the country for your pick of courses, the unique terrain that lends itself to world-class golf, and what makes select clubs noteworthy.

 

More From 98.1 The Hawk