DISCUSS: Where is Speeding Problematic in Stoneham?

Let us know by posting a comment in the comments section.

With so many commuters in a hurry to get to work each day, we'd like to know: Where is speeding problematic in Stoneham?

Is there a particular street or neighborhood where speeding has become a major issue? If so, let us know by posting your thoughts in a comment in the comments section below.

We'll compile your thoughts into a recap story next week.

Mr Mouth August 22, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Speeding is a problem on Oak st comming from North st. The speed limit change 4 times in less that a mile. from 40 - 30 - 20 -30.
Simon Nelson August 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Pine Street between Hancock and Summer. I don't know why people are in such a hurry there, but they are. And can we do something about the motorcycles with illegally loud exhausts in that same neighborhood? Who do we call to get the laws properly enforced in our town?
Heather Ribaudo August 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Franklin St near the Melrose line and Perkins St
Russ August 22, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The east-west cut through roads with serious issues are 1/Perkins as well as 2/Franklin (as it runs near parallel with Perkins). The drivers on Perkins, in particular, seem to barely slow down at stop signs. The blockage of the intersection of Rivers and Tamarock is also a real problem, even though it is a neighborhood intersection. It allows for passage of one vehicle at a time and has resulted in accidents.
Peter M. August 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
MacArthur Road is like a Highway!
Barry C August 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Franklin St is awful. No one slows down at all. Never see ANY enforcement either.
Spartan438 August 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Stevens Street. It is like a speed way!
mark patterson August 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
You can also add Pine St.to Franklin St. Years ago I complained to then Chief of Police Passaro and he told me that the speed limit on Pine St was 35 M.P.H. I asked him if he had ever taken a Massachusetts driver's license exam.He replied that he transfered his Connecticut license to Mass.when he took the job here.I said that was fine but the speed limit in a heavily traveled residential neighborhood is 30 M.P.H. unless otherwise posted.It use to be 20 M.P.H.back when I got my drivers license.Pine St.should be 25 at most and no trucking should be allowed.Ther's no trucking allowed on Cottage St. As for motorcycles: if there is no baffle in the exhaust pipe then they have been modified and should be off the road but I guess that's not a priority.Also,the police should be issuing tickets at Main and William every evening when the idiot drivers block the intersection because they got trapped when the light changed.If you can't fully get through an intersection because of cars in front of you then don't proceed until you can.It doesn't matter if the light is green and the guy behind you is honking.A couple of years ago I saw a young girl almost get killed in the crosswalk by a driver who went through AFTER the light had changed red just so he wouldn't have to wait another cycle.
Liz August 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
People come off of 93 and onto Maple Street flying. Not only that but every day I see people go right through the stop sign at Maple & Wright.
M August 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
As a Stoneham resident with a motorcycle with a LOUD exhaust. I would like to ask all of you people who think you know how to drive to take a look at the only real problem on the roads today is cell phones .......hang up and drive!!!!!! I cant count the number of times my loud exhaust has awoken some idiot on a cell phone or texting after almost getting hit by them. So ...when you people start paying attention I will stop bothering you with my loud exhaust ....have a nice day :)
mark patterson August 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
@M: You have every right to be upset at stupid drivers.Believe me,I drive a 42',70,000 lb.firetruck and can't tell you how many times I've had these idiots cut in front of me or refuse to get out of the way.That being said;I have every right to peace and quite and don't need some moron with an ILLEGAL 100 Db motorcycle racing down my residential street at 2:00 a.m. either! No baffle=illegal! You probably advocate riding with no helmets,too.Then when I arrive on scene and transport you to the hospital with brain damage; myself and the rest of the taxpayers have to pay for your care.Pay attention and drive defensively because the people texting and driving are breaking the law.Just like you!
M August 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
@mark :First off, Thank you for your service! I do agree that your entitled to your peace and quite. However, I also live on a residential street and believe me, there are many other loud vehicles on the road at 2 am other than bikes. But it still holds true that loud pipes save lives!! People who want to complain about the small things in life will continue to find something to complain about no matter what it is. So in closing, it appears you are the moron by assuming that I don't wear a legal helmet. I also have insurance to pay my bills after you show up to do the job that you chose... If you don't like where you live move! If you don't like your job quit.. Its a free country! Just like having a choice to wear a helmet should be up to the rider not some uptight politician who no doubt you voted for .... the siren on your fire apparatus is loud for a reason, well same goes for the exhausts on my motorcycle!!
mark patterson August 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@M: wrong again! I said "You probably advocate no helmet".I never "assumed" anything.I love my job and while your pipes are ILLEGAL my siren is LEGAL.I never called YOU a moron,only that they are out there. So have a nice day and stay safe.I really do want you to be safe and I know how many careless,clueless people driving their cars and texting are out there.These forums are for opinions like yours and mine.I guess if the people texting and the ones doing their nails or tuning their radios paid attention you wouldn't need the loud pipes!
M August 27, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@ Mark I think its safe to say that we both have little tolerance for people who don't have the respect or common sense to realize that they are in a residential area at 2 am and not blast through Or to simply get out of the way of any emegency vehicle. .. It is in fact a shame the the world is full of the people who just plain SUCK !! once again THANK YOU for allowing me to sleep easy knowing that if there is ever an emergency.. brave individuals like yourself will be there!! P.S. The 9 pm horn at the fire station sometimes wakes ME up....hahaha have a good night mark. And sorry for calling you a moron!
Tom M August 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Washington street at the intersections of Vera Lane. Drivers heading toward Elm street fly low as they drive down the slope. There's small children in the neighborhood and one day the agressive driver will hit a poor inocent child walking to school. Note***** The sidewalks on Washington street are nothing more than areas for parked cars. The Town paved the sidewalks on Washington street for cars so kids still have to walk in the street. Please protect the public like your supposed to.
Charlie McGrath August 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Mark P, First...Thank you for doing the brave job you guys do here. I agree with the Pine to Franklin too. People coming from the Hancock St intersection fly trying to beat the light. That is a fairly blind intersection as for Pedestrians, on the side where the Pizza Shop and Hair Dresser is....I have seen kids ride their bikes, in the crosswalk, people just walking almost get hit just so someone can beat the light. As for the trucking, I don't know of a solution, but I agree. Fridays, when the club usually gets their deliveries, it would be nearly impossible to get your rig past a parked truck making a delivery. I wish there was a simple solution....
mark patterson August 28, 2012 at 05:56 PM
@M: Thanks. I don't work in Stoneham but I know what you mean.Have you happened to notice that the horn is not as loud as it use to be or maybe I'm wrong and my hearing is going.Driving the truck with the siren going can do damage in the long run.Several of my fellow firefighters,including my brother,drive Harleys so I can appreciate the need for safety.I guess if I was driving I'd want to wear a brain bucket instead of one of the fully enclosed models!
mark patterson August 28, 2012 at 06:04 PM
It's not just the streets mentioned in this article.People need to think about the consequences of their actions.One morning I was stopped at the light heading north on Pine St.The light changed green,I hesitated for a couple of seconds,looked left and a woman doing about 45 blew through the red light.If I wasn't driving defensively I would be dead.Having been in the field for decades I can honestly say that if she had nailed m broadside I probably wouldn't have had a chance! This would have been what we classically refer to as being "T-boned"! The politicians keep making new laws but enforcement of existing ones would work if only judges weren't so liberal.There are enough incompetent,sober drivers on the roads that we don't need multiply-convicted drunk ones on the roads too.Maybe there should be more citizens running for office and less lawyers.
Pat Q. August 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Yes, MacArthur Road is awful for speeding as well as the High Street with the intersection of Broadway especially when they go right through the stop sign. Trish
Raja King September 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Pento road of Woburn going into North Street Stoneham. As soon as the turn ends, people tends to speed up or floors their cars/motocycles/trucks and thinking it's a drag strip. They need to block off the street or make it one way going into Pento.


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