Block Island sees quieter weekend after extra policing, moped restrictions

The New Shoreham police chief described the roads on the island this past weekend as 80 percent improved.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The first weekend of state troopers helping out local police on Block Island is in the books and folks there say they saw a major improvement in terms of safer roads.

The New Shoreham police chief described the roads on the island this past weekend as 80 percent improved from the dangerous driving and bad behavior they’ve seen this summer.

“I took a ride around the island yesterday at 25 miles an hour, and it was like being there in the winter time,” said Chief Vincent Carlone. “There were people around, but they were driving politely, even the bicyclists were driving politely. So everybody seems to be getting the message.”

The increase in policing, reduction in mopeds, and limited moped hours are all to combat the number of crashes on the island this summer, including two fatalities.

“This was not a good year,” said Carlone. “Hopefully this is an anomaly and it won’t happen again.”

There were still crashes this weekend, three involving mopeds, but none caused serious injuries.

One resident tells ABC 6 she thinks the moped hours being pushed back really helped her commute.

“It was a nice feeling to not be battling crazy mopeds driving home from work,” said resident Kelly Case.

Those that spoke with ABC 6 called this a larger issue that can’t just be blamed on the mopeds.

“This is a town wide traffic problem. There are too many vehicles of all different types in a small roadway. Yes, are the mopeds a problem? Sure they are,” said Carlone. “The bad behavior on the mopeds this summer was unprecedented.”

“Maybe things will calm down for the last few weeks of summer,” said Case.

The town council will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss further action they may take to curb moped crashes.

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