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Officers Seen Enforcing Pedestrian Safety in CBD

Many tickets issued on Tuesday to drivers not yielding to pedestrians

The officers of the Ridgewood Police Department are a common sight at Van Neste Square, watching for speeders and others to commit infractions crossing the chaotic intersection of Oak Street and East Ridgewood Avenue. With and more foot traffic with better weather, officers appear to be stepping up enforcement.

Police issued at least four tickets within an hour on Tuesday afternoon, many for drivers failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The village council has also held discussions to increase the number of officers downtown to quell what's becoming an increasingly bigger concern, especially among parents. Police in 2010 created "sting" operations to nab drivers while also issuing educational safety tips.

The Fly May 04, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Bad behavior warrants appropriate action. We should be thankful that our police chief is aware of the need for appropriate action, and has ordered enforcement efforts to be ramped up.
Danny May 04, 2011 at 02:39 PM
how about they start ticketing pedestrians too
Harlan Consider May 04, 2011 at 02:56 PM
Ticket pedestrians for what exactly, Danny? Pedestrians have the right of way and cars are by law, required to stop if a pedestrian is on a crosswalk. Now common sense requires the pedestrian not to march out into flowing traffic, but far too many drivers don't seem to understand the pedestrian crossing law. A pedestrian shouldn't have to wait for several cars to go by until traffic eventually stops because one driver is doing the right thing. Based upon the police reports of the pedestrian crossing accidents, it's the drivers who are at fault. Now pay attention and don't speed.
Chris Cortazzo May 04, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Amen Neal! People need to slow down and pay attention while driving through obvious pedestrian thoroughfares. I can't believe how many people have been hit since i've been living downtown (i think at least 9 in a year, including several kids.)
Danny May 04, 2011 at 03:34 PM
how about walking through the middle of the street? crossing when they dont have a walk sign? rushing out into the street without even looking? last summer i had two teenage girls RUN into the crosswalk when i was right about to go through it. its not always the drivers who are at fault, the pedestrians need to pay attention to what they are doing.
cell phone lady May 04, 2011 at 04:03 PM
What about the people on the cell phones?
cell phone lady May 04, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Eeveryone drives cars with bluetooth use it. IT'S the against the law to talk on the phone while drriving. Ridgewood would make a fortune if they gave tickets for what they should be doing. I see probably 10 people everyday driving downtown on the cell phone!!!!
Danny May 04, 2011 at 04:13 PM
no, its against the law to use a handheld phone while driving. it is perfectly legal to use hands free while driving. but i agree, they should ticket people using handheld devices while driving
Ridgewood Chick May 23, 2011 at 07:16 PM
The drivers in Ridgewood are THE WORST. The cell phone thing is completely out of hand. Most pedestrians look and wait, but the ladies in the foreign SUVs on the cell phone, not paying attention, make Ridgewood a nightmare to drive in. Forget trying to be on time. No wonder people speed. They're trying to make back the time that some thoughtless and dangerous driver on their cell phone (talking, texting, whatever) wasted.
Michael May 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Neal, I have had pedestrians shoot right off the sidewalk and in front of my car without skipping a beat. Unless it's early in the morning or late at night, I rarely do more that 20MPH. We have conditioned pedestrians to think that it's OK to just jut out into the street and cross in the middle (BTW between cars, with two young children in tow in front of Starbucks last week.) Pedestrians need to think before stepping off the curb. As for the jabbers on the cellphones, the RPD could write ticket all day long in the CBD. I think that the police would rather spend their time writing parking tickets for expired meters than pull over the jabbers.

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