PERTH AMBOY – Last Thursday, Feb. 9, the Perth Amboy Police Department started the final stage of its Pedestrian Safety Program initiative, which began last year.
The first stage, which lasted from spring until fall 2011, emphasized educating pedestrians to use crosswalks and drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. This stage also included an audit sponsored by the state Department of Transportation which focused on the reduction of motor vehicle accidents which involved pedestrians.
Last fall, the city’s Business Improvement District purchased pedestrian crossing signs which were placed along Smith Street advising drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. At this time the second stage of the program was initiated. Officers from the Special Services Bureau monitored the signs and looked for driver compliance; violators were stopped and re-educated as to the requirements of the law.
After several months of attempting to educate the driving public, officials launched the final “enforcement” stage on Smith Street between High Street and King Street, which was the area in which police received the highest number of complaints from senior residents of the city. The Police Department is once again requesting that pedestrians use the crosswalks and that drivers yield the right of way to pedestrians within the crosswalks.
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