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Reader says, ” it is much more dangerous now to be a driver because all pedestrians feel they have the right of way “

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“I still have a bumper sticker on my car from when they tried this several years ago. In my opinion it is much more dangerous now to be a driver because all pedestrians feel they have the right of way even in front of a car making a turn or mere feet in front of you. Maybe it is now time to convince some people that a car turning–or especially backing up–or within a few feet of you CAN’T SEE YOU and you should cease walking out without looking first!”

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STOP, LOOK AND WAVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village of Ridgewood, Ridgewood Board of Ed and the Federated HSA want to keep our students and all pedestrians safe.

Stop, Look and Wave, Be Safe, Be Seen is a campaign designed to keep everyone safe by reminding drivers and pedestrians to look out for each other at intersections.  Please read and follow the tips below.

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Reader says , “I am certain that there would be fewer accidents if drivers paid attention to the road and not their electronic devices when driving”

” I am certain that there would be fewer accidents if drivers paid attention to the road and not their electronic devices when driving. Also , when I walk in the CBD I wait for cars to stop and let me cross and they often do not especially on Broad Street in front of the Super Cellars area and Union St. in back of Talbots. Why? because there are no police there. Cars stop in front of Van Neste Square because there are police cars there watching.
Cars are vehicles controlled by people. Many of the people driving cars hate other people and would just as soon run over someone and kill them. Have you noticed in the news how many hit and run driving incidents there are. The question is why are so many people so hateful. Is it because the area is expensive and crowded; is it some kind of me first attitude, and you can go to hell. Of course those things all contribute. Does anyone know other reasons , or the reason? “

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Reader says ,”We need to go back to the ‘look both ways’ mentality, it would be much safer for our pedestrians”

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“We are not doing our kids any favors, agree with the comments here. Kids are empowered to walk across the street at any time, as long as they are in the crosswalk. I had a group of middle school kids leap out in front of me, i was doing between 15-20 mph on Franklin, and it was a challenge to stop on time. luckily, the car in back of me was also able to stop. those kids felt like they could just go at any time, as long as they were in crosswalk. They were not gauging how long it would take me to stop, and how far I was from the crosswalk before they decided to run out. We need to go back to the ‘look both ways’ mentality, it would be much safer for our pedestrians. Don’t even get me started on the commuters when the train arrives. In their dark clothes, they cross when they want to and where they want to, and are very hard to see in the dark. If it is raining, the visibility is even lower. They can see a car with headlights, but I can’t see them. It is a 2-way street. Both pedestrians and cars need to look out for each other. Changes need to be made in CBD with all of the new apartments and traffic flow, 15 mph is a good start. Lighted crosswalks also great. People wearing reflective tape on coats if they walk in the dark, amazing thing to have. Let’s all work together to make these changes, and more. “

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Aronsohn Apologist Has Nerve to Complain About Traffic Congestion in the Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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Ridgewood NJ, on one of the many Ridgewood Facebook pages a poster said loved to walk in Ridgewood but cars need to heed New Jersey state traffic law .

MOTORISTS in New Jersey MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to one or more of the following:
2 POINTS
$200 FINE (plus court costs)
15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE
INSURANCE SURCHARGES
NEW JERSEY STATUTE 39:4-36 states:
-The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk.

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Reader says mid block crosswalks are dangerous

New crosswalk warning devices installed on Linwood Avenue

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Based on this important Study ..mid block crosswalks like the one in front of the driveway at Kings and the Library should be removed until a mid block permanent pedestrian triggered red light signal
is installed.

Dark hours and dusk are where danger increases as well as fog and rainy conditions .Children and elders are also particularly at risk at this mid block cross walk.

Police largely ignore this dangerous condition outside their own building partly because they are in seated in patrol cars rather than on foot .A crossing guard in the meantime is needed there for dark winter period.

repeating Lens study Link :

https://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/on-foot-at-risk-study-highlights-rising-pedestrian-deaths-points-toward-solutions

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Ridgewood Downtown beautification vs. crosswalk/pedestrian safety

August 9,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Readers:  What’s your opinion?  Do the planters downtown on East Ridgewood Avenue adversely impact crosswalk/pedestrian safety?  Let us know what you think.  Thank you.

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Its Time for Ridgewood and Surrounding Towns to Take Pedestrian Safety More Seriously

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CDC: Walk This Way! Taking Steps for Pedestrian Safety

December 18,2016
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Ridgewood Nj, According to the CDC and as many readers have noted over the years on the Ridgewood blog it is important to take steps to be safe when walking on roadways. This includes exercising caution at intersections and crosswalks and increasing your visibility at night by wearing retro-reflective clothing and carrying flashlights.

Walking is good for your health, and it’s good for the environment too. But before you head out on foot for a stroll, power walk, or errand, there are important safety tips to remember.

What’s the problem?

Pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road.

In the next 24 hours, on average, 430 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries.1 In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash.2

A total of 4, 735 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2013,2 and more than 156,000 were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries. With numbers like these, it’s critical to understand the risks and learn how to stay safe.

Who’s at risk?

Pedestrians of all ages are at risk of injury or death from traffic crashes, but some people are at higher risk.

Male pedestrians are more likely to die or be injured in a motor vehicle crash than females.2
Teen and young adult (ages 15-29 years) pedestrians are more likely to be treated in emergency departments for crash-related injuries compared to any other age group.1
The rate of pedestrian death generally increases with age.2
In 2013, 34% of all pedestrians killed in traffic crashes had a blood alcohol concentration of greater than or equal to 0.08 grams per deciliter.2

As pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules.

One in five traffic deaths among children ages 14 and under are pedestrian deaths.2

Take Steps for Safety

Whenever you’re walking, keep these tips in mind:

Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.
Avoid distractions such as electronic devices that take your attention off the road.

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Ridgewood PD Joins “Otto the Auto” at Somerville School

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October 6,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Patrolman Dibenedetto assisted Otto the Auto at Somerville school today as they spoke with the students about pedestrian safety.

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FIRST WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY of the SEASON : DRIVE CAREFULLY , SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO
6 AM EST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER
ADVISORY FOR SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8
PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD AND NEW HAVEN COUNTIES IN
CONNECTICUT…SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY IN NEW YORK…BERGEN
AND EASTERN PASSAIC COUNTIES IN NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARD TYPES…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A TRACE OF SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATION.

* TIMING…A WINTRY MIX DEVELOPS ACROSS THE TRI-STATE FROM WEST TO
EAST THIS EVENING. THIS WINTRY MIX CHANGES TO PLAIN RAIN
SOMETIME BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM TUESDAY.

* IMPACTS…SLIPPERY ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS. WITH THE MAIN
THREAT BEING TO ELEVATED SURFACES AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS IN THE
ADVISORY AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.