Good Question: How are authorities addressing bad behavior in local park?

Pat Taney
Updated: October 21, 2019 09:26 AM
Created: October 21, 2019 09:12 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's a Monroe County treasure, but there are concerns about what some call bad behavior at a busy local park.

Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week's Good Question report.


Mendon Ponds is big and beautiful. There's plenty of room to run, walk, and even drive. There are also open roads where some drivers are pressing their luck, ignoring a reduced speed limit.

Andrea Barber said she sees vehicles speeding in the park all the time and worries this is putting lives in danger.

"Daily, the park is filled with walkers, runners, and equestrians on the trails, roads, and bicyclists on the roads," she said. "Not to mention all the wildlife that calls the park home."

Barber wanted to know what's being done to crack down on the problem.

We took that question to Sgt. Dan Kawski with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He's in charge of Monroe County Parks and says patrols are set up at all times to catch speeders.

"We do have specific patrols that handle county parks and Mendon Ponds in particular," Kawski said.

But it's not easy — it's a big park with more than 2,500 acres. It's actually covered by two different zones with the sheriff's office.

"Zones A and B both have cars who frequent and pay special attention to large traffic areas, including Mendon Ponds," Kawski said.

Kawski said he hasn't had too many complaints lately but promised to take our viewers' concerns seriously. He also told drivers to watch out.

"Drive like you want others to drive," he said. "Obey all traffic laws and speed limits."

News10NBC looked back to see if any pedestrians were hit or if there were any serious crashes in the park recently. There was a crash earlier this year when a driver hit and killed a horse, but it happened just outside the park limits — not inside the reduced speed limit zone.

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