Stop trap fixed!

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It’s a victory for Marine Park drivers.

Just a few days after local motorists complained to this paper about a poorly placed stop sign that was confusing drivers and leading to traffic tickets, the city has corrected the problem.

Residents are thrilled to see the sign fixed.

“I really was amazed first that the city did change it, and that they did it so quickly,” said resident John Cortese, who alerted this paper about the issue after police ticketed his daughter.

The Department of Transportation recently installed a stop sign on Avenue V and E. 38th Street, but the department placed it several feet in front of the line where drivers are legally required to stop.

Motorists were stopping for the sign and then rolling through the line at the corner, which enticed police set up nearby to monitor speeding into issuing tickets to confused drivers.

Residents alleged the city placed the sign to set up a stop trap and drum up ticket revenue.

The Courier asked the city whether the department installed the sign properly and published an article about the issue on Feb. 20. Comments from concerned residents poured in, and the story was one of the most-read items on BrooklynDaily.com the week it was published.

The Department of Transportation inspected the site on Feb. 26 and corrected the issue, a department spokesperson said.

“I’m very happy that the Mill-Marine Courier cured the problem,” Cortese said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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Reader Feedback

J from Mp says:
That stop sign shouldnt even be there at all. Its not even a intersection
March 5, 2014, 1:54 pm
Concerned parent from MP says:
If you had children that played at that park or lived on the block you would be concerned. Cars are constantly flying down this block, even with the stop sign there. Only about 10 percent of cars actually stop at that stop sign and it had nothin to do with the placement of the stop sign. The block is being used as a short cut. Only the people who do not live on the block have been complaining. Everybody that lives on this block is very happy that that stop sign is there and that the police are making sure that the cars are stopping. Laws are made to keep us safe. You don't want a ticket??? Stop at the stop sign... It's that simple.
March 5, 2014, 2:10 pm
Friendly neighbor from mairne park says:
I live on that block so speak for yourself. That stop sign does nothing for the people speeding down the block. They still speed down the block but now some stop on the corner first because there is a unnecessary stop sign there!!! And we dont need a ticket. Gee.... there is so many people crossing at that corner maybe you should ask them to put up a red light there with a cross walk. NOT!!!! Look at the picture, the cut out to cross the street, wow why dont you cross at the cut out. So people can hit you with their cars because they dont have to stop for you, it after the cut out where they have to stop. If you were so worry about the kids that go to this park, have the city put a speed bump in front of your house.
March 5, 2014, 7:48 pm

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