2 Accidents Snarl County Road 39 Traffic Tuesday Morning

One involves Suffolk County sheriff's office vehicle, according to police.

Two separate motor vehicle accidents on County Road 39 Tuesday morning — one of which reportedly involved a sheriff's deputy's car — have slowed the eastbound commute.

The first accident occurred some time before 7:45 a.m. and the left eastbound lane was closed near Tuckahoe Lane as a white SUV was removed by a wrecker. Southampton Town Police Sgt. Michael Joyce said the Suffolk County sheriff's office is handling the incident, because a sheriff's deputy's vehicle was involved, and police do not have any further details.

Then around 8 a.m., a second apparently minor accident occurred on County Road 39, to the east of the Inlet Road intersection. Joyce said that police are on scene now, and he could not immediately offer any details.

A police vehicle was partially in the left eastbound lane at the accident scene, and traffic was backed up.

Linda Goldsmith January 29, 2013 at 01:38 PM
What a safe road we have! Shoulders to pull over on, and everyone does the speed limit! Oh, and the school buses that help keep traffic to a stand still and drivers' tempers flare as they stop every few feet! Thank you Suffolk County!
Tony Unknown January 29, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Of course there are more accidents, tempers flare when you can't get where your going. In the Hamptons, people are too scared to go 1 mile over the speed limit due to the cops watching you like a hawk. They get you for BS infractions and ridiculous $$$ fines that you can't believe. Wow...a speeding ticket....31 miles per hour! They hide around every corner and jump out at you. If you can't make yourself useful, find something else to do like polish your badge. You get us stressed out and people get nervous. That's exactly how it feeIs...I should know, I quit driving out there for a living because of this crap, getting 2 tickets in 6 months when I had no tickets at all in the last 25 years! I would never go out there again unless on foot, but then again, I would probably get fined for having no thread on my sneakers!
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 29, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Tony, I have to say I have the exact opposite experience. CR39 has a posted speed limit of 35 but the average speed is definitely more like 55 and I rarely see anyone pulled over.
RSA January 29, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Tony, you are correct and the fines are way too steep for such ridiculous infractions. Hazel, I see cars pulled over ALL THE TIME on 39 in The Lobster Inn area. Remember the old billboards featuring a life-size police car and cop pointing a radar gun? I used to see cops cars parked in front of the billboard car, perfectly camouflaged to better entrap "speeders". Did that feel like a police state or what?
BonBon January 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Ya I agree with hazel on 39 the speed limit is 35 and no one goes that slow. I knew an officer who patrolled 39 how ever he has since passed away. He told me that because 39 is such a tight area they are less likely to pull people over.....and that they would give people 50-55 anything over you'd be getting pulled over. During the summer cops are out in full force due to the ridiculous influx of city assholes with their nice cars. During the winter in Bridgehampton it is RARE you see a cop anywhere. It's just the fact that people need to realize that you have to obey the rules of the road to be safe.... Even more so during the summer. The amount of deaths from the canal to MTK this past summer was sickening
Tony Unknown January 29, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Hazel...I did exaggerate on this road, but on other roads it true.
ochi mary esther January 29, 2013 at 05:38 PM
All I want to say is that people should be careful when driving on a busy road.
Preliator January 29, 2013 at 05:47 PM
It is cold out Hazel, you don't expect the cops to actually get out of their cars do you?
Stephanie Speraw January 29, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I think its b.s because I live upstate now & when I come to visit I do 35-40 on cr39 and get passed by everyone going 50 and never see cops around... It's a joke... The moment I do over 40 I know I'd get pulled over... If you're gonna have a highway (basically) with such a slow limit, more ppl should be enforcing the speed, not sitting parked at the gas station chit chatting... Just my opinion...
Matthew Arendt January 29, 2013 at 07:57 PM
There is essentially no enforcement of the 35 mph limit and it's typical to see folks speeding in excess of 50 mph (including the Hampton Jitney). How many more accidents/deaths will there need to be before the town board, in coordination with Suffolk County and the police coordinate a plan to strictly enforce the speed limit ?
Linda Goldsmith January 29, 2013 at 09:14 PM
They're pulling them over in business parking lots! The design is flawed-we don't need sidewalks, we needed shoulders for cars to pull over to make turns & enter safely instead of risking getting rear ended, etc...! We tried to get LIPA to bury the lines while it was being widened, but they said the "cost" was too high! What great planning, huh? A dangerous road with LIPA poles everywhere!
Preliator January 29, 2013 at 09:56 PM
The town and county were waiting for the state and if they had kept waiting no work would have been done. NYSDOT stinks when it comes to road maint out here. At least the county and town did something, tho not perfect, was better than nothing. Get use to the fact that our state is a failure, the roads and bridges are not going to get better.
Jaguar-Guy January 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Holy crap Hazel, we agree.
Ralebird January 30, 2013 at 07:46 AM
Who thinks the Sheriff's office is the last agency that should be doing the investigation of an accident involving a Sheriff's vehicle?
Faustina January 30, 2013 at 03:53 PM
The way to cure speeding on this dangerous road is to put a humongus King Kullen at the intersection where today's accident happened. That ought to slow down traffic -- at least until it can be diverted down the Village Streets to Hill Street or Hway 2. . Supermarket Anna and the back up Board continue to pimp for this development that will cause thousands more cars a day to hit this road. I think they call this "Smart Planning". And to compound it there will be a suburban shopping "center" behind the suburban KK to add a few hundred more cars.
Ralebird January 31, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Good idea, it will also shorten the trip to the store for a lot of people, give more choices to shoppers, provide jobs both during construction and permanently and raise more tax revenue.
Faustina January 31, 2013 at 09:25 PM
And increase traffic a hundred fold, make SH look like Commack, produce more garbage, overburden Hill Street, create a food monopoly, enrich one person and his "partners". who are speculatorsand increase your food outlay along with your "choices". Happy Accidents! This "bird" is cuckoo, but it's not alone.
Ralebird February 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
"And increase traffic a hundred fold" UNTRUE "make SH look like Commack" UNTRUE "produce more garbage" HOW and by whom? "create a food monopoly" UNTRUE "enrich one person and his 'partners' " PEOPLE make investments for a reason - this is the USA "who are speculators" SEE ABOVE - people take risks and get rewarded. "increase your food outlay" FALSE - competition is good for consumers. "This 'bird' is cuckoo" RUDE and INFANTILE.
Mary Beth February 01, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Faustina is correct on ALL points. The developer himself estimates nearly 2,000 plus cars a day. King Kullen already has two stores within seven miles either way of this one. When they have three, they will dictate pricing and their prices are already higher than Waldbaums and Stop-and-Shop. "How" will they produce more garbage? Well, let's see, right now there is no 60,000 square foot mega-mall in Tuckahoe! The speculators have not been able to identify any NEED for this grocery store. In fact, in their phony marketing study they used traffic estimates based on stores in California and tried to establish need by identifying customers from as far away as Sag Harbor! How can the developer say he will draw customer from Sag Harbor to defend "need" and then claim there will be no affect on traffic. Ludicrous. Ralebird says "untrue", "untrue" but provides absolutely nothing to back up his assertions.
Ralebird February 01, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Okay, let's use YOUR figures. You say 2,000 cars a day - for that to be "a hundred fold" increase today's traffic would be twenty cars. UNTRUE! Competition for this store would be mostly Waldbaum's, the King Kullens in Bridgehampton and Hampton Bays are irrelevant except for those traveling to those stores who could now utilize a closer store saving mileage, gas, traffic and time. Your price comparisons are not based in fact and your assertions on garbage are unfounded unless you know of people who plan to litter at the site. Look up the definition of "mega mall" before you use the term; there's no dining, no entertainment, no mega mall. The developers have gauged the demand for such a store or they would not be looking to build it. Feel free (as in free market) to not shop there when it opens. You may not be accurate in supporting Faustina but at least you haven't resorted to your pal's schoolyard name-calling.
Faustina February 01, 2013 at 08:34 PM
I don't know "Mary Beth" but wish I did because those posts are rational and attempt to get at the truth though the developers' lies.. As for "ralebird" Listen up: MORON. The dictionary meaning of "mega" is "large". 40,000 sq. ft is a MEGA MARKET, "mega" has nothing to do with "dining" or "entertainment". Also, who is the "ralebir" --r more appropriately birdbrain-- to declare where the competition is? The stupidity and overconfidence of these posts no matter the latest name they are posted under always identifies the writer. You just can't hide the solecism, the thick headedness and the illogic. It is like a name tag. Imagine the life of someone whose greatest aspiration is the defense of a supermarket (orr is it a developer?). All these KK flunkies just want to touch the hems of the money-eyed speculators as they pass by and hope some of the gold du$t will rub off on them. Poor "ralebird" just dreaming of being Big Bird.
Frostina February 01, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I completely agree about the King Kullen. 2000 cars will create a nice slow down on Cty Road 39 and thereby decrease the number of accidents. New slogan folks: Build the King Kullen and save lives. Fight the King Kullen and cause more vehicular deaths. That is the simple truth.
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM
No, ralebird, the, as marybeth stated, DEVELOPER said 2000 cars a day. There is currently NOTHING at that location, which means there are currently ZERO cars entering that location. Therefore, 2000 cars a day is actually a 2000% increase. How long have you been working for Mr. Morrow?
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM
BS. Thank you for the BS
Faustina February 01, 2013 at 10:02 PM
"Frostina" a/k/a "rale bird" and sooooo many other names proves my point by riffing on my name: He needs to create his authentication and identity by glomming onto others. I am going have to get out my lint brush to flick off this persistent piece of dust.
Ralebird February 02, 2013 at 02:13 AM
If anyone would care to have an adult conversation regarding the merits of the proposal, I'd be interested in participating but I did my schoolyard namecalling decades ago and refuse to lower myself to the level of Faustina who has been disqualified by his or her own keyboard. Next!


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