Causeway the gateway to speed

No efforts underway this year to clamp down on people ripping on roadway.
Andy Ouriel
Jun 1, 2014

ouriel@sanduskyregister.com

Forget about darting down roller coasters and other thrill rides at Cedar Point.

Many speed freaks can get their jollies by blazing down a free attraction at velocities exceeding peak paces of Blue Streak, Corkscrew and Gemini.

Like sunburns or oversized carnival prizes, it’s a common Cedar Point sight to see cars zipping down the causeway at speeds easily eclipsing 50 mph, 60 mph and even 70 mph.

The causeway speed limit restricts drivers from traveling faster than 35 mph.

In this new season, however, neither local police personnel nor park executives plan on upping patrols in this area when asked by the Register.

“Our agency hasn’t received any complaints involving the speed limits in that area,” Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said. “We routinely patrol this stretch of roadway, as we do the other streets assigned to zone cars on shifts, looking for speed violations.”

In 2013, Sandusky police cited or arrested people in 130 separate instances when cruising down Cedar Point Drive or the causeway. About 15 of these 130 instances involved someone speeding.

Cedar Point’s police force primarily handles incidents involving traffic on the causeway, which is generally considered north of First Street. Cedar Point Drive leads into the causeway.

“The Cedar Point and city of Sandusky police departments routinely monitor the causeway and issue warnings and traffic citations for anyone caught not obeying the speed limit,” Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said.

But — like the concealed interior of former roller coaster Disaster Transport — it's a mystery as to how often, if even at all, park police personnel dole out speeding tickets.

Despite being subject to a public record, Edwards wouldn’t reveal how many tickets Cedar Point police has issued out in the past.

“That’s all the information I have,” Edwards said.

Friendly chatter

The Register recently asked its Facebook friends how fast they drive down the Cedar Point Causeway. Here are some of those responses:

• Tim Stang: I go with the flow. Usually, it’s around 40 or 45.

• Jason Hippely: The speed limit should be higher on the causeway.

• Nick Hamad: 35 mph is perfect.

• Tyler Barnett: I actually drive 35 to 40. It should not be faster. There are employees that have to clean it, which I used to do myself, and I can’t tell you how many times people just fly at 50 or sideswipe the work truck we used sometimes.

• Zinedine Ayrton Theisen: I got the old Crown Vic up to 85 once.

• Jeremy Bursley: I think the speed limit should be increased.

• Calvin Braun: I piss people off because I only drive (the) speed limit. Cops are scared to set up there and catch (speeders) because heaven forbid Cedar Point gets wind of it and accuses them of being anti-tourist.

• Shaun Bickley: In the offseason, I like to hit triple digits. You can get air on the bridge. Hold your beer tight because it usually spills everywhere.

• Kenny Whitcomb: A lot of years ago, I got pulled over for doing 65 on the causeway. I think the speed limit should be more like 45 though.

Comments

holysee

Causeway should have a fast lane with instant access/premium payment via smartphone, just like inside the park. Win win for the rich and shareholders, being one in the same. I'm thinking like 75 mph and 20 bucks for access.

WeThePeople1965

You're missing an S, SR.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks for the heads up, We

WeThePeople1965

No problem, Matt/SR.

ISPSP

Speed cameras would be fabulous. My offspring received a camera speeding ticket in Cleveland.... Pay the fine = no points. That said, it slowed him down. It's an expensive ticket with zero points.

Stop It

"• Shaun Bickley: In the offseason, I like to hit triple digits. You can get air on the bridge. Hold your beer tight because it usually spills everywhere"

lol...

Darwin's choice

He really does that too!

worddrow811

Shaun may be doing that and we'll be reading his obit soon enough because he isn't a bird and can't fly through the air without tempting the laws of gravity. what goes up will come down.

Truth2u

Sad how unpopular the idea of society being responsible and raising by example their children.

How difficult is it to obey the standard, the book of absolutes that says to OBEY the law? Oh, I forgot, all the pagans here would rather be controlled by thugs and politicians than a filthy book that instructs how to live a decent and moral life.

I find it sad that the typical poster here condemns those who try to live according to the Bible but will be the first to cram mans legislation into others lives in hopes that they will be forced to live the life that the Bible says to live in the first place. How foolish the spiritually dead are, they could earn Oscars on AMC's Walking Dead.

WeThePeople1965

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

Nobody is telling you how to live, they're telling you to NOT tell OTHERS how to live. The way to live is up to you. Your beliefs are up to you. Who in the world has time to come here and rant about non-believers and how they're supposedly 'taking over' legislation anyway? We have religious freedom here under the bill of rights, and subsequently no 'official' religion, so to create laws based on religion or atheism are both equally unconstitutional. Take the government out of it.

Stop It

Amen.

coasterfan

Agree with WeThePeople. The Bible says absolutely nothing about traffic safety, amusement parks, or even transportation in general (other than the occasional mention of camels). Completely irrelevant to this discussion.

Nemesis

"Sad how unpopular the idea of society being responsible and raising by example their children. How difficult is it to obey the standard, the book of absolutes that says to OBEY the law?"

You mean like the law that made it a federal offense to be part of the Underground Railroad? The supreme law of the land is the Constitution, and the substantive due process principle in the 14th amendment has been held by the Ohio Supreme Court to forbid arbitrary laws that prohibit activity that is not a threat to public safety. A study by the Federal Highway Administration found that most jurisdictions routinely set speed limits 15-20 mph below safe and reasonable in order to garner more fine revenue. There are several roads in the area comparable to the causeway that have a 45mph limit, and unlike those roads, the causeway prohibits pedestrians.

You claim to be offended by those who would rather be ruled by politicians than by the Bible, yet here you are calling on them to abdicate their thinking to those same politicians in the name of blind obedience to their fiats. If you need a sign to tell you how fast to drive, you shouldn't be driving.

sorryhog

Not your business. People from Sandusky don't like outsiders that spend money in their town anyway.

jazzbo

I remember a girl crashed her car and died on that causeway 20 yrs ago (?)

BEHAPPY

Quit worrying so much about Cedar Point!!!! I have TOTAL respect for our LE buuuuut....we have asked for some patrol time on our street because of a man seen several times in the early morning hours~not sure what he is doing~window peeping, trying to break in but caught or what~but he is here and has BEEN here!! We haven't laid eyes on ONE patrol car.

BEHAPPY

@ sorryhog~sorry but the people that live here do not see the money that CP brings in helping this city in ANY way, shape or form~maybe for the restaurant business~costs US more all summer everywhere is the only difference I see.