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N.J. pedestrian deaths rise , but the Village Seems a Safer Place to Walk


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April 21,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Road Warrior Reported in 2014  reported safer on the road but deadlier on foot

Ridgewood NJ, In Ridgewood ,there seemed to be far less accidents involving pedestrians and automobiles  this past year? I do not know the  numbers .

So we asked Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward if we did have decrease what in your mind was particularly effective in mitigating pedestrian incidents. If we had an increase  what policy can the Village , the Schools or the Ridgewood PD do to increase awareness of public safety and make our streets safer ?  

The Chief took time out to respond , “We did have a decrease in pedestrian related accidents in 2014. I can say we have experienced a significant decrease in the level of injury to pedestrians. That being said in December (2014) we did have several but again still well below last year. As far as why, I can say we have increased our efforts in the areas of education and enforcement as well as the efforts in the area of engineering to enhance safety. As you know there are too many variables to attribute a causal nexus between our efforts and the reductions in pedestrian crashes , but one could argue that there appears to be a correlation. 

While according to the Record there has been an increase state wide , the Chiefs efforts in Village suggest that simply “awareness ”  from both drivers , walkers and cyclist may be the key .

N.J. pedestrian deaths rise; police look for reasons

APRIL 21, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015, 6:47 AM

Sad to say, each time you read your favorite newspaper, there’s a good chance you’ll learn about someone like Anila Lluka or Lisa Borsellino or Donna Marie Wine, whose lives were cut short at the rate of one every other day in New Jersey — twice a month in Bergen County.

These deaths happen so routinely that we often barely recognize their significance because the victims were doing something as common as crossing River Street in Hackensack, where Borsellino was struck down last October, or Paramus Road in Paramus, where Lluka was killed last November.

Tragically, such passings have become much more frequent lately, according to updated figures recently released by the New Jersey State Police fatal accident unit.

Pedestrian deaths totaled 169 statewide last year, including that of Ms. Wine, a beautician who was standing with others on Grand Avenue at an outdoor market in Hawthorne last August when a truck plowed into her. In Bergen, walking deaths peaked at 24 last year. Victims included Stephen Petruzzello, a 22-year-old Cliffside Park police officer who was run down crossing Walker Street two days after Christmas while on the job with his partner.

With Bergen now accounting for more pedestrian fatalities by far than any other county in the state, traffic cops in many of its 70 municipalities have begun digging into their files to find better ways to prevent such deaths.

4 thoughts on “N.J. pedestrian deaths rise , but the Village Seems a Safer Place to Walk

  1. The chief is right. Awareness is probably the reason for the drop in pedestrian injuries. Pedestrians seem to have learned by now that they are in complete control of traffic when they step into a crosswalk, and are acting reasonably. Motorists have generally resigned themselves to the delay and strange traffic patterns produced by pedestrians in crosswalks (even slow ones) and, unlike that reckless lady who accidentally killed that poor minister who was properly using the crosswalk at the corner of Franklin and Oak, no longer lose their patience so quickly. The facts of that accident are harrowing–it’s a wonder she was not indicted.

  2. people need to look be for walking right into the road. they walk and talk on the cell and do not look.

  3. The photo here is at worse corner in town —

    An officer stationed there at least for high volume hours would be more than helpful to every one.

  4. That old man News Guy is right.
    A school crossing guard can do a better job than what is going now. And at lesser cost.

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