Reckless drivers in Hoboken

Do you encounter reckless drivers in Hoboken?

A few days ago – a pedestrian was killed right outside Hoboken. The driver was arrested (various DWI charges), plus it was already a rainy morning on top of it. While that was apparently a blatant criminal act in bad weather, what about simple reckless drivers in Hoboken?

One Hoboken resident who is a parent with children – details a precarious vehicular situation he was in this past weekend that did NOT involve inclement weather or booze.

Reckless drivers in Hoboken at intersections

Letter: Focus on bad drivers instead of parking tickets

“This past Mother’s Day weekend, I was at the corner of 14th and Sinatra, ready to head west on 14th with my two and four year-old children. I looked both ways, reminding the kids the same, and as we took our first step into the crosswalk, a black sedan comes speeding up Sinatra, blowing right through the stop sign and turns left at what had to be 30 miles an hour. If not for such a bright, clear day, I might have taken more steps into the cross walk. And perhaps been hit, or worse, my kids.

This is not a parking lot stop sign, mind you, but a official one. The driver then sped to the front of the Zeni Nail Salon on 14th and Hudson.

I picked up my kids in each arm, and ran to the nail salon to confront this dangerous driver.

A fairly young guy, he seemed completely blasé about the fact that he blew through a stop sign in a heavily pedestrian area, and could have killed myself or either of my small children. He seemed to care NOT ONE BIT when confronted with a rattled parent at the danger he puts people in.

The rage at his self-important attitude also fueled my anger at the town for wasting an awful lot of manpower chasing down parking violators when they could make a whole lot more money giving out tickets to jerks like this who put residents in danger.

I’m not saying that late at night, when the streets are empty, you can’t do a slow roll through a stop sign if you are aware of your surroundings, but this was the middle of a Sunday with lots of people out enjoying the afternoon.

And just so he could make a nail appointment!

Why is it that the city has no desire to monitor some very dangerous corners? Basically every stop sign near Maxwell Place, the Shipyard and the Hudson Tea Buildings are a danger zone. Will the town be satisfied if some kid on a bike or a parent walking legally gets mowed down?

Just two weeks ago a mother and child were hit-and-run by a driver near the Brandt school.

Agree or disagree?

6 Responses

  1. YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

    Revenue From Parking Tickets Goes Straight To Hoboken, While Revenue From Moving Violations Goes To The State. Moving Violations Are More Likely To Bog Down Municipal Court. You See Moving Violations All Day Long, Every single day, Conflicts Abound But There Are Not Very Many pedestrian Injuries Or Vehicle Collisions So People Have Sort Of Adapted To The ‘Jungle’ Laws. (Doesn’t justify lack Of Enforcement)

    • joey maxim says:

      most moving violations are shared by the state and county..meter summons not sure.this is mini 6th ave nyc bumper to bumper doing 50mph..taxi drivers don’t even know where some of the major airports are and you better speak farsi..lol :mrgreen: [quote comment=”220766″]Revenue From Parking Tickets Goes Straight To Hoboken, While Revenue From Moving Violations Goes To The State. Moving Violations Are More Likely To Bog Down Municipal Court. You See Moving Violations All Day Long, Every single day, Conflicts Abound But There Are Not Very Many pedestrian Injuries Or Vehicle Collisions So People Have Sort Of Adapted To The ‘Jungle’ Laws. (Doesn’t justify lack Of Enforcement)[/quote]

  2. Town Drunk says:

    The reason you and your children are taught to look both ways before crossing the street is for situations exactly like this. See how easily that worked? Now move on.

    There are going to be bad drivers that run red lights, run stop signs, drive too fast, etc. regardless of any amount of legislation or enforcement. I commend you for teaching your children to look out for themselves as stop signs are not 100% fool-proof.

    That being said, your decision to chase after this offender is asinine. All you accomplished in this situation is putting the safety of yourself and your children at risk. Of course he didn’t care what you think. What makes you think that he would? You’re lucky you weren’t assaulted. Since you seem to be quite concerned with your children’s safety, you should probably also teach them not to confront reckless strangers in an aggressive way, especially when there is absolutely nothing that can be accomplished by doing so.

  3. Adam_C says:

    Overpopulation. And only going to get worse. Not much you can do about it. Unless hurricane Olga wipes Hoboken off the map entirely this year. Then we can start with a fresh slate! Imagine all the creative campaign promises you can come up with?

    • joey maxim says:

      Adam understand below sea level and driving piles high rises will eventually submerge Hoboken like Atlantis..btw the hpu director is in Scotland or England..end result a cluster f**k..[quote comment=”220769″]Overpopulation. And only going to get worse. Not much you can do about it. Unless hurricane Olga wipes Hoboken off the map entirely this year. Then we can start with a fresh slate! Imagine all the creative campaign promises you can come up with?[/quote]

  4. Angry Bird says:

    I feel like there are so many things to get mad about peoples’ attitudes in Hoboken, it’s endless! However, I strongly agree that before the City tickets people for parking over a line 2-3 feet, curtailing reckless driving should be a priority.

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