Another dangerous intersection

3/19/2008:

Here, a Hoboken411 reader encountered a speeding maniac who had no regard to pedestrians, and barely escaped being squashed!

2nd and Adams is bad!

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“I know this probably happens all of the time, but last night I was walking home from Leo’s at 2nd and Grand towards Monroe at around 9:30. In case you don’t remember, there is a stop sign on 2nd street for crossing Adams. There’s a car coming up behind us on 2nd street, and another car coming towards us on Adams. As we walk across the street, the car on 2nd drives across Adams, using us pedestrians as justification, which is pretty normal practice. I guess the car coming down Adams was way to focused on the other car, because she laid on her horn and SPED UP!!! She came barreling into the intersection, and me jumping out of the way was the reason I didn’t end up a bug on her windshield.

People are terrible drivers in general, but it continues to amaze me how bad they drive in Hoboken. I’ve lived here for a little over a year, and have been coming for 4+ years and this was the closest near hit I’ve ever had.

Would it be a terrible thing to install multiple large speed bumps on each block? Maybe two on the named blocks, and one on the numbered blocks? At least in my opinion, that would slow most of the drivers down enough to make it a little safer.

Thanks for the great website – keep it up!”

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48 Comments on "Another dangerous intersection"

thebinatwork2
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There just seems to be something a little heavy handed about speed bumps. Not going to slow down, we’ll damage your car if you don’t! Doesn’t sit well. Enforce the real way, not the state-as-thug way.

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

[quote comment=”74232″][quote comment=”74103″]When I drive in town, I must admit, I have to creep over the cross walk in order to clear vehicles parked too close to the intersection. Otherwise, I can’t see the cross traffic. And then when I get to where I can see the cross traffic, I am completely blocking the cross walk and people are either walking behind my vehicle or in front, beyond the cross walk. It’s a difficult and unsafe issue. First, the vehicles need to be ticketed or towed if parked too close to the intersection. But, we also must have clear guidelines on that, not just a white mark.[/quote]

clear guidelines? i’m not sure about NJ, but in PA, the rule is that you are not allowed to park withing 25 feet of the corner. that’s roughly 2.5-3 car lengths. it’s not that hard. i always assumed jersey had the same law. just like you must be 15 feet from a fire hydrant.[/quote]
My understanding is that Jersey does have the 25 feet from corner law, but I think Hoboken govt got a reprieve from this because of the urbanized area with little parking and noisy taxpayers complaining about the loss of parking spots near the corners. I think it should be enforced at least on the one-way street corners where the right turn is made. If an SUV is parked on that corner, neither a right-turning driver nor a pedestrian can see each other.

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”74283″]5. Lower street lights where they are not visible from within a vehicle (all down Washington St.)

AMEN. If you are 6 foot tall or more you have to stoop to remotely be able to see the traffic lights in this town if you are first in line at the light. Its absurd, like shower heads and toilet heights, we need to stop making these standards for the midgets of the world- or the average height adults of 19th century Boliva.[/quote]

just get an SUV like all the other hobokenites! i can’t see from my sedan!

bradykp
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bradykp
[quote comment=”74288″][quote comment=”74272″][quote comment=”74229″]Regarding speed bumps, sure they cause wear and tear on vehicles, but they do slow down traffic. Public safety will trump concerns about vehicle depreciation every time.[/quote] i disagree entirely. there is a reason why speedbumps are illegal in some areas on public roads. they are horrible for cars. the excess wear on the suspension and breaks is horrendous and very costly. i should not be punished as a good driver for the actions of bad drivers. cops needs to enforce the other laws first, they would do plenty to help make the town safer without the need for speed bumps.[/quote] Unless you’re a taxi driver, how much driving can you possibly be doing in Hoboken that the excess wear on your vehicle is so horrendous? You approach a speedbump, you slow down, you go over the speedbump. It’s really not that bad.[/quote] the theory you say sounds like it’s not that bad, but it is incorrect. cars were not built to go over bumps like that. SUVs (real ones, not the “luxury” ones) have suspensions that can handle it, but cars do not. i went to Lehigh University, which had speed bumps on campus. I did very little driving at college, and went through my shocks/struts in 2 years. after college, i had the car for 2 years before selling it. the guy i sold it to has owned it for 2.5 years…..guess what? same struts still. my wife drives the car at least 4 times… Read more »
British Hairways
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British Hairways

[quote comment=”74272″][quote comment=”74229″]Regarding speed bumps, sure they cause wear and tear on vehicles, but they do slow down traffic. Public safety will trump concerns about vehicle depreciation every time.[/quote]

i disagree entirely. there is a reason why speedbumps are illegal in some areas on public roads. they are horrible for cars. the excess wear on the suspension and breaks is horrendous and very costly. i should not be punished as a good driver for the actions of bad drivers. cops needs to enforce the other laws first, they would do plenty to help make the town safer without the need for speed bumps.[/quote]

Unless you’re a taxi driver, how much driving can you possibly be doing in Hoboken that the excess wear on your vehicle is so horrendous? You approach a speedbump, you slow down, you go over the speedbump. It’s really not that bad.

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