Speed Limit Too High On Route 31 in Cambria?
It’s a smooth, well-maintained state road thru the town of Cambria, but in a matter of about 30 hours over the weekend there were two fatal crashes about two miles apart. Both happened on Route 31, Saunder’s Settlement Road.
The first one on Friday night claimed the life of one driver and injured four others when a pick-up truck crossed the center line at what’s called “Wasik’s Curve” near Campbell Blvd and collided head-on with a car. The driver of the pick-up was killed. The driver and three passengers in the car were injured.
The early Sunday morning a driver lost control on Route 31 near old Shawnee Road. The car left the roadway and overturned. The driver was ejected and killed. A passenger survived.
In both crashes, sheriff’s deputies say speed was a factor.
It’s no surprise. Route 31 generally is a straight route between Niagara Falls and Lockport and often it’s used as a dragway for a lot of drivers. The speed limit on most of the route is 55. Way too often drivers are driving well above that. I’m sure Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies and State police do their best to enforce that speed limit but in all the years I’ve had occasion to drive Route 31 in Cambria, I’ve never seen a radar trap. Maybe I’m missing it, but I’ve never seen one.