Vehicular Mayhem (again) in Hoboken

hoboken-car-accidents-pedestrians-jaywalking.jpg7/18/2008:

Not sure if any of you knew this, but I took a couple days off from 411 this week, and tonight I’m chilling out and relaxing after my brief trip.

So as typically do, I have the damned Live Hoboken Police and Fire Scanner on (continually) in the background – even when I catch the game on TV.

Tonight there seem to be an unusual amount of car accidents/hit pedestrians in town. A couple downtown near Newark ST., and something involving 2 hit pedestrians uptown.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM EXACTLY?

Driving (you did pass the test, right?)

  • I’ve never even come close to ever getting into an accident in my over decade living here.
  • Why do cars SPEED through our densely-packed city? What’s the rush?
  • How about obeying “no turn on red” signs?

Walking (like that’s hard to do)

  • I always cross the street when I’m CERTAIN there is no risk.
  • Why do pedestrians feel the need to BUM RUSH the intersection and play “Frogger” through traffic? Even when the light is red? Is it a game? Do you feel left out if one person crosses and you don’t?
  • Or just cross the side-street like they’re super-entitled, and EXPECT that the driver:
    • Is paying attention?
    • Isn’t experiencing mechanical problems?
    • Isn’t drunk or elderly or asleep or road-raging?
  • Again, what’s the rush? If you want to get wherever you’re going sooner, figure out how to WALK FASTER! I’ve seen instances where the pedestrians ahead of me rush the intersection, cars honking… and half a block later I pass them easily. What gives?

Maybe we’re over-populated without proper “infrastructure” or provisions to handle the increased activity. And everyone (myself included) is guilty at one point of “jaywalking,” but there’s a difference between crossing the street at 4am with zero traffic, and playing chicken during rush hour dangering yourself and others for your own personal gain. There are two things that can be done to may put an end to this crap.

Just like the $1000 public drinking tickets issued during St. Patrick’s Day, why not create the following with the same fine:

  1. Rush-hour jaywalking tickets on Washington & Hudson Streets. People completely just crossing when they’re not supposed to.
  2. Intersection parking tickets that create limited visibility for dangerous intersections.

How hard can this be?

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27 Comments on "Vehicular Mayhem (again) in Hoboken"


TrumpT3
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TrumpT3
8 years 2 months ago

Well, at least we know these people weren’t homeless, right?

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”94103″]You say some really foolish things. I guess you took a road test at some point in your life and had to read the driver’s manual.

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Point Schedule – 39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. (2 points) – apparently some people, smarter than you realized that some drivers are so stupid that they should penalize them if they don’t drive in a manner that protects the public.

I think you talk a really big game, but yield, don’t say anything and go about your business until you have time to come on here and talk like a tough chic.[/quote]
Nah, next time you see a girl in a silver convertible yelling at you to move your fat ass, rest assured, that’s me.

ps- I didn’t take the jersey road test, I took the PA test. While I’m sure they have laws about pedestrians too, I’m equally sure that I lived the burbs and have NO IDEA what those rules were b/c they were irrelevant to my life.

PS- people in the crosswalk going against the light aren’t protected, one of these threads has a post with the rules of driving w/peds. Pedestrians have a duty not to jump out in front of cars – up to and including – not jaywalking.

King of Rock
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King of Rock
8 years 2 months ago
[quote comment=”94021″] But, sometimes it’s really annoying as a driver to watch people saunter across the intersection not even making an attempt to cross the street in the time that light is green. I know I’m an angry driver. So as a pedestrian I just assume all drivers are like me, they don’t want to be in their car, and they’re sick of pedestrians acting like they own the street (my particular favorite are the jaywalkers who walk like they’re going through water, or the numbnuts who cross against the light and then act surprised that they nearly got mowed down by me). So, when I walk, I hustle to cross intersections. Mr. Angry Cabbie was just letting you know you need to move your buns a little quicker across the street. That all being said, I know you have bum knees, are pregnant and it was like the surface of the sun today, so hurrying probably wouldn’t have been prudent! :lol:[/quote] You say some really foolish things. I guess you took a road test at some point in your life and had to read the driver’s manual. New Jersey Motor Vehicle Point Schedule – 39:4-35 Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk. (2 points) – apparently some people, smarter than you realized that some drivers are so stupid that they should penalize them if they don’t drive in a manner that protects the public. I think you talk a really big game, but yield, don’t say anything and go… Read more »
beerzgood
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beerzgood
8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”94015″]And where’s the courtesy of drivers? I can be standing at the crosswalk at 15th and Garden with a stroller, waiting for a break to cross the street, and 15 cars can go by without even one stopping at the crosswalk to let us cross.[/quote]
Go to the light at Park and 15th. That’s what I do.

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 2 months ago

[quote comment=”94029″]Knowing what you can’t see results in doing what you can about it. [/quote] I know that’s true. I’m close to legally blind without my contacts, and I was pretty blind already by 13. I got my first pair of glasses at 14 (well I had them at 6, but I was diagnosed as farsighted at six when I’m nearsighted, go figure). I remember I knew who people were by their walk and the glasses made it so much easier to tell who was who, I was floored.

I find that I still know people that way today. And I always listen for cars as well as look for them. That’s why I rarely walk with an ipod on. I need to be able to hear to feel safe even though I can see perfectly well with my contacts in.

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