POLL: Worst Speeding Spots in Hamilton and Wenham?

Vote for the most dangerous street in the two towns.

Tell us the streets in Hamilton and Wenham where drivers speed most. We've come up with a list, but surely there's some other streets that aren't listed here.

We're asking you to vote for the street in the two towns that you think is the most dangerous with speeding drivers.

If you there's a street you think should be on the list, add it below in the comments.

Look for the results of the poll next weekend.

Sally Shaw July 29, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Bridge Street, Hamilton
Michelle Bailey July 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You Speed You Pay signs in Beverly on Brimble Ave; have you seen them? Wenham needs signs on Arbor St for the start of school. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2012/07/28/beverly-salem-lawn-sign-program-aims-keep-speed-check/E9DWf1NfDm3jrHG30sstRO/story.html
Deborah Evans July 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Definitely Arbor Street in Wenham - between 1A and School Street
Jerome July 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Monument and Cherry streets in Wenham are pretty bad for speeding.
HOWARD MORONG July 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Batchelder Pk. I don"t think most of the idiots that travel it realize it's a dirt road. they drive it like it is a dirt race track of the 50s. SLOW DOWN, LET US BREATH
Carol A Mazzetta July 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Asbury St. in Hamilton is another speedy street!
Catherine Hardy-Tinsley July 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Larch Row.. cars fly around the corners! and at the Essex Street end, excellerate going up the hill ... hardly dare get the mail!
Wendy Campbell July 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The straight stretch by Wenham Lake on Cedar St. is disgraceful. After the curves on either end, people put the petal to the metal! It's risky walkin, getting the mail, or pulling out of a driveway. The Wenham police can camp in my driveway anytime they want; they can catch dozens of speeders per day.
Michael July 30, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Ironic that this poll would occur today. This morning at 11 a.m. a car travelling down Highland St., coming from Ipswich passed my house going at least 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. The driver just missed the telegraph pole outside my house and smashed into the next one at the intersection with Asbury St. My wife and I were just backing out of our driveway with our two young daughters. The young male who was driving recklessly almost killed the four of us. The police were fast to arrive and everyone told them what we witnessed. Something has to be done with speeding on Highland and Arbor St. before someone is killed. I am so lucky that my daughters are safe after this mindless moron speeding today.
Lori July 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The problem on Arbor continues clear through to Mill Road. Arbor/Highland without a doubt.
Don Luxton July 30, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Perhaps less "warnings" and more tickets that cost $$. Just read the Patch Police Log, one day last week 13 "warnings" as opposed to 2 actual tickets.
Anne Sweeney July 30, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I don't think with the new cars today that people realize they are speeding. They are too occupied with Cell Phones, drinking coffee and changing channels on the radio. I would rather see more enforcement of people with cell phones glued to their ears. Obviously eighty miles an hour is way over the top. Most of the speeding I see is the one in 50 teenager racing down Essex, Grapevine, or on small connector roads, speeding occurs where you would least expect it. Also Don, the reason why police do not give out a plethora of tickets is due to insurance premiums and surcharges to drivers. They give us a break because unless the speeding is egregious or way over the top, the insurance surcharge hit can be tremendous. So don't complain, even my mother speeds once in awhile without knowing it. If a police officer gives you a Mulligan, thank him, be on your way and watch your speedometer not your text messages.
Anne Sweeney July 30, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Michelle with due respect, I think those non-smily faces, with the message "You Speed You Pay" are dumb. We don't need thousands of those signs littering the landscape. The greatest deterrent is when you see a Live police officer standing outside his or her vehicle, as your rounding a corner, catching you off guard pointing a radar gun at your car. Might even cause some to wet themselves. After that happened to my cousin in Wenham, better believe she drove like a little ole church lady.
Anne Sweeney July 30, 2012 at 05:42 AM
How about a sign saying, "Hey, It's a great Day to be Alive" "Keep it that Way" "Don't Speed". However once you get onto 128 at 6-9 in the morning, you take your own life into your hands. They speed, pass on the left and right, ride your bumper to pull over even though your doing 70, pass you in the break down lane. Once you are on 128 it's survival of who can be the most insane. Not me, I just drive at around 60-70 in the travel lane, that's fast enough.
Nancy July 30, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Linden Street because not everyone stops at the 4-way stop near the library. (Union and Linden) I have had and seen several near misses.
Karen July 31, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Arbor Street ......especially motorcycles.
lindsay July 31, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Agree, we live on the corner of Highland and cars are easily going 50mph at any given time. I wish there was something the town could do about it.
Robin Day July 31, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I agree. Turning left during "rush hour" from Arbor, Friend's Court, Monument or Cherry onto Rt 1A is so risky. Also include Bridge, Asbury and Walnut in Hamilton. Sometimes someone is nice and lets you out, but mostly you sit waiting and waiting for a break or you slowly squeeze your car out to block a lane. I still think a traffic light in Wenham and another in Hamilton. Would break up traffic along Rt 1A.
Robin Day July 31, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I agree, both upper and lower Asbury. The old stone wall @ Cutler was taken down b/c it was hit so many times. The S curves make it difficult to come out of Day Ave and parents parking on the corner for Cutler student pick up does not help.
Squeaky Clean July 31, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Union street!!! It's usually the same cars too :/
Care August 01, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Larch row for sure. And walnut st when your leaving 4 corners heading towards downtown around the curve over the river!
RC August 01, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I live on Bay Road (1A) and see cars speeding by ALL the time. The majority of them are going in excess of 35mph, which is the speed by my house. 1A is a loud, busy, dangerous road. Considering that 1A makes up the main streets in both Hamilton and Wenham and is frequently used by pedestrians, runners, cyclists, something should be done to keep the speeds down consistently (ie: not only when there's a speed trap set up in the town centers). I'm no civil engineer, but I would imagine a few traffic lights (even a set of blinking yellows on key junctions) would help to reduce drivers' urges to floor it once they get into our towns. Right now, it's a straight shot through from N. Beverly to Ipswich, and drivers take advantage.
DJ McDowell August 01, 2012 at 09:17 PM
So, how did Essex Street miss the list? Judging how many times the police are waiting to nab speeders, I would think THEY think it's a 'good' spot.
M. M. August 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
And the poor kid who got hit inside the crosswalk on Arbor street sits at home in a cast all summer- hope they have a good lawyer-
liz hunt August 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
People fly down Linden st and I saw an oblivious, 60-ish year old woman chatting away on her cell phone blow through the intersection by the library at Union st this AM. Lot's of kids walking, riding bikes, getting off the bus right there. Scary stuff!
Michelle Bailey August 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Please do not use your cellphone when you are driving. Last week, I was midway through the crosswalk on 1A crossing from the Wenham Town Hall to the Wenham Tea House. A man on a cellphone only turned to look at me when I yelled, "Hey, I'm in the crosswalk here." Lucky for me, I was watching him, because as a "driver" he was way to busy talking on his phone.
Kim August 03, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Asbury St, people do not slow down when turning off 1A, there's the park and the Community Center there with lots of kids crossing! I say put in a speed bump!
ed dolan August 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
ed come on down to essex st between 4 corners and chebacco rd between 530am-700am plenty of trucks and cars
Heidi August 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I work on Railroad Ave in Hamilton and I see a miminum of 4 to 5 cars a day that travel the wrong way up this one-way street. Not speeding. Just going the wrong way. It's an accident waiting to happen...
the Seawards August 27, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Highland St.in Hamilton,past upper Asbury,no doubt. I grew up on Rt. 97 in the 60's and 70's and witnessed many high speed (over 60 MPH) cars,trucks,bikes,you name it.Highland St. is like that now.And the police radar here,too! They just can't be here all the time.


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