MORE accidents happen when the speed limit is 25mph.
1. It is so slow the driver’s mind wanders
2. It is so slow that OTHER drivers get frustrated and aggressive and drive recklessly when following someone driving 25mph
3. The cars are moving so slowly that pedestrians perceive cars to be a lesser danger and treat them as such.
This is what puts pedestrians at greater risk.
This 25mph hysteria is wrong headed. What is needed are responsible speed limits based the congestion and traffic patterns… but that approach is not an easy hashtag-feel-good solution.
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, a reminder from the Bergen County Prosecutors Office , the summer is winding down, school is about to start don’t forget to keep your eyes up.
The final vacation and travel days of the summer are here, so attentive driving is crucial.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly half of the fatal crashes in 2016 were caused by distracted driving (more than speeding or even driving while intoxicated!). Distracted driving can be talking or texting on a cell phone, or even talking to your kids in the backseat.
So stay focused, use Safe Phone Zones to call, text, and use mobile apps, observe speed limits, and make sure everyone in your car is wearing a seatbelt.
Fairview: 114 tickets
Glen Rock 1
Hasbrouck Heights 13
Midland Park 4
North Arlington 19
River Vale 1
Upper Saddle River 19
Read More: Don’t get caught texting while driving through these small NJ towns | http://nj1015.com/dont-get-caught-texting-while-driving-through-these-small-nj-towns/?trackback=tsmclip
file photo by Boyd Loving
The prevalence of driving with phone in hand is very high. But the worst case I have seen was a woman driving a Hummer, talking on her cell phone with one hand and holding a cup of coffee in the other. She would regularly turn from Meadowbrook onto Fairfield during the school rush while steering that Hummer with her knees! She was followed closely in stupidity to the man driving down Rt 17S during rush hour while reading his newspaper. PLEASE, for everyone’s sake, DRIVE SAFELY!
the staff of the Ridegwood blog
Ridgewood NJ, its bears repeating school is open so drive carefully !
Governor Christie: This is always an interesting time of year. Everyone’s got to get readjusted. And in our house this morning, one of our children went back to school, the other didn’t. Which lead to enormous teasing last night, of Bridget to Patrick, because she was going to be able to sleep in for one last morning and Patrick was getting up to head to school for the first time this year. Let’s all of us be attentive to particularly the public safety issues that surround the beginning of the school year. Let us all put our cell phones down when we are in the car. That should be a rule of thumb no matter what. Law enforcement will enforce that, specifically, but especially for parents and I saw this this morning, which is why it’s on my mind, parents driving into a school lot while they’re texting. It’s unthinkable to me that with children walking around on a school campus setting, and parents driving in with their own children in the car that they would engage in distracted driving, which I think is the term of art we use now, distracted driving. It’s texting while driving, and it just shouldn’t be done. So I want everybody to pay attention, especially the public safety issues that come up when you have lots of young people who no matter how many times we tell them to look both ways before they cross or move into a street don’t always remember. We’re the responsible adults, we got to make sure we’re keeping an eye on those things. So we got to get out of summer mode, get into fall mode unfortunately, and one of those things I think is keeping our eye on what we’re doing and making sure that we’re talking to our children about the things they need to do. Not only to do well in school but to be safe in school. And we can set a good example by doing some of things that are within our control as well. So Mary Pat and I will try to make sure we do that, and we hope that all of you here and all of those listening will do that as well.
photo by Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ ,the new LED sign near Garber Square on Franklin avenue has created quite a stir around town to say nothing of the visual noise at that particular intersection. The lights from the trains station, the new sign, the traffic lights, and drivers are supposed to be looking out for bikers entering the bike lane as well . This intersection seems particular difficult and the added distraction of the new sign has been cause for alarm. Will we have to wait for the first traffic accident due to the sign (lets say snow, rain, etc with glowing lights in your face) and then something can be done about it?
According to the Village Manager Roberta Sonenfeld , “The PRIMARY purpose of the new LED sign is to serve as an emergency public information tool to communicate with the public. The village is constantly refining its Emergency Operations Plan, including the Emergency Public Information component of that plan, working in conjunction with Bergen County’s OEM and following all the recommended practices of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. The installation of the sign was carefully planned as part of the village’s overall communications strategy during times of emergency, especially in the event of a widespread power failure where other means of communication are unavailable. ” Roberta goes on ,” the location of this sign was carefully chosen and has been evaluated by the RPD and Village Engineers. Thankfully we have not had a crisis situation since Sandy but If we were in crisis mode this would be a place for residents to come and know the steps that are being taken to address an emergency situation.”
Many residents have again voiced concern that the sign is yet another distraction , A study conducted in 2006 by Virginia Tech for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for more than two seconds greatly increases the risk of a crash. The same study also concluded that nearly 80% of all crashes involved driver inattention just prior (within three (3) seconds) of the crash.
According to the Village Manager , the cost for the sign was approximately $13,600, inexpensive by Ridgewood standards ,but still these things add up . Whats seems even odder is that the Village has and “Electric Sign ” ordnance which clearly states that any electric sign had to be placed a certain distance from the public roadway. Clearly this sign is in violation of the Villages own ordinance.
The 25 mph speed limit is more dangerous than 35mph.
The rate of travel is so slow that your mind wanders.
You are lulled by the slow rate of speed to think you are able to safely perform other tasks – like texting – you feel confident in your ability to perform these tasks due to the slow rate of travel.
A 35mph (or even 30mph) speed limit is inherently safer since it requires more concentration by the driver but is still well within the capabilities of virtually every driver (unlike say a 100mph speed limit which requires even more concentration, knowledge and reactions but is beyond the capabilities of many drivers).
The village wide 25mph edict is another wrong headed politically correct decision that has the reverse results of its intent – making our streets more dangerous rather than safer
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Drivers are becoming more dangerous
OCTOBER 24, 2014 LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014, 9:58 AM
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Drivers are more dangerous today
To the Editor:
We all know that over the years, traffic has gotten heavier and drivers have not adjusted their patience level. Instead, one might say that we’ve all adjusted to the impatience. But perhaps the extent of the hurriedness is never more obvious than when you are teaching a teenager to drive. This is my third child I’m teaching to drive, and again, I am appalled at the behavior of drivers, and not just at any old time of day, but during school dropoff hours, when many of those drivers are school parents themselves, and those who aren’t parents should know better – it’s hard to overlook the buses, crossing guards and kids with backpacks.
Recently, as my son was driving west on East Glen Avenue getting ready to turn onto Van Dien, an SUV came up behind him, crossed the double yellow line, and passed us. I shudder to think what would have happened had there been kids in that crosswalk by Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
Even if my son had been a pokey new driver, which is well within acceptability, there is no excuse, but in fact he had been doing the speed limit. Apparently that wasn’t good enough for Mister SUV.
– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/opinion/opinion-letters-to-the-editor/letter-drivers-are-becoming-more-dangerous-1.1117448#sthash.yiXrxMay.dpuf
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Ridgewood Police Warn “UDrive. UText. UPay.”
The Ridgewood Police Department will take part in a new program being initiated by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. From April 1st through April 21st , we will participate in the Distracted Driving 2014 Statewide Crackdown “UDrive. UText. UPay.”
The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during the National Distracted Driving Month. Enforcement activities will focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving. This will include the use of cell phones and texting.
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Statewide Cellphone crackdown starts Tuesday
MARCH 30, 2014 LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY JOHN CICHOWSKI
Cellphone yakkers and texters, beware!
Starting on Tuesday, hundreds of New Jersey police departments will be focusing on distracted-driving in a crackdown that is likely to yield more cellphone and texting tickets than have the token campaigns of the past.
The reason: For the first time, the state is putting federal money into this offensive, which means police in 60 communities, including Englewood Cliffs, Hillsdale, Paramus, Ramsey, Hawthorne and West Milford, will each be earning overtime pay to conduct distracted driving patrols. In the past, this strategy has been confined only to seatbelt and drunken-driving enforcement.
“But this year, the feds are encouraging the states to do more,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “We don’t have enough to fund every town, but it’s a start.”
– See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/area-cops-taking-on-cellphone-drivers-1.836506#sthash.qCwlwr43.dpuf