Residents Put Foot Down so Drivers Won't
By TOM ERNST
News South Towns Bureau
October 07, 1993, Thursday, City Edition
Some Hamburg residents, who so far have been unsuccessful in dealing
with government bureaucracy, are taking their case directly to the people.
They installed 20 sequential signs along both sides of McKinley Parkway
Wednesday evening, asking motorists to drive at 35 mph, rather than at the
posted 55 mph limit. The new signs are posted on private property and no
one will mistake them for official highway signs, said Phil Best, a
McKinley Parkway resident.
"It is a test of human nature," said Frank Parlato Jr., an area developer
and spokesman for the group. "Will people drive courteously without the
force of law? I think they will."
The idea for the signs grew out of a brainstorming session and appeal "to
the better side of people" to be courteous, said Best.
Residents don't expect any problems like they encountered with the police
in August, when they posted their own official-looking 35 mph speed limit
signs, Best said. Police asked that they be removed shortly after they were
Residents collected about $ 250 to have the new laminated plastic signs
that were put up Tuesday professionally painted, Parlato said. The signs
are about 3 feet by 2 1/2 feet.
Residents have been trying for years to get the speed limit reduced on the
two-mile stretch of McKinley Parkway between the Seven Corners and the Erie
County officials have said speed studies do not document the need for a
Residents also have done some legal research and plan to ask the Hamburg
Town Board to exercise its home rule powers and lower the speed limit
regardless of what the county says, Best and Parlato said.
The northbound series of signs read: Ethical, Courageous And Kind Neighbors
. . . Please Drive 35 mph . . . Please Respect . . . The Lives and Safety .
. . Of Our Children . . . 35 mph Is Safe . . . For A Residential
Neighborhood . . . This Is Our Neighborhood . . . Not A Freeway . . . Thank
You For Going Slow.
The southbound signs read: Moral, Kind And Concerned Neighbors . . . People
Live On This Street . . . Please Drive 35 mph . . . 3320 Accidents . . .
Have Occurred Here . . . The County Says 55 . . . The People Say 35 . . .
We Wouldn't Drive 55 . . . In Your Neighborhood . . . Please Drive 35.
Contact Frank Parlato Jr.