Blog: Montclair Motorists: Shame on You – Big Increase in Pedestrians Hit in the 1st Quarter of 2016

BY  |  Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Baristanet-BlogsThe following post is by Alex Kent, a coordinator at Drive with Care in Montclair and a community liaison for Montclair Health and Wellness Partnership:

In the first quarter of 2016 the number of incidents where a car hit and injured a pedestrian in Montclair almost doubled from a year earlier, to 18 pedestrian crashes this year versus 10 last year. February was the worst month, with 9 crashes. Also disturbing is the fact that two of the victims were children who were hit near their schools, a 9 year old by Hillside School, and an 11 year old by Bradford School. Both incidents were the drivers’ fault, not the childs’. Drivers were responsible for 15 of the crashes, with 3 being attributed to the pedestrian.

Once again Bloomfield Avenue was the most dangerous street with 3 crashes, followed by Valley Road with 2, and the Mountainside Hospital parking deck with 2.

The Pedestrian Safety Committee is working to encourage drivers to be more aware: put down the phone, don’t speed, and if you are in an area with crosswalks, be pro-active about looking for pedestrians trying to cross.

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Letter to the Editor: The Streets of Montclair Can Often Be Treacherous, Help Us Change

BY  |  Monday, Dec 29, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (60)

drive with care in montclairThe following was submitted by Alex Kent, Coordinator of the “Drive With Care in Montclair” campaign.

My condolences go out to the family of Joe Lombardi, who died as the result of an automobile hitting him while he was crossing the street at the intersection of Grove and Walnut Streets on December 18th.

His tragic death is a reminder that the streets of Montclair can often be treacherous for pedestrians. The Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee is working to change that. But we need you help
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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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