Vehicular Mayhem (again) in Hoboken
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:
- Rush-hour jaywalking tickets on Washington & Hudson Streets. People completely just crossing when they’re not supposed to.
- Intersection parking tickets that create limited visibility for dangerous intersections.
How hard can this be?