BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Belmar Police Department spent the Fourth of July cracking down on drivers not yielding to pedestrians in designated crosswalks — three days after a woman was critically injured when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Eighth Avenue in front of the Belmar senior housing building.
A group of three officers — two uniformed and one plainclothes patrolmen — were assigned to enforce pedestrian crossing laws at three busy traffic intersection with no traffic lights: Main Street and 17th Avenue in Lake Como, and Ninth and Ocean Avenues, and Eighth and Railroad Avenues — the site of the July 1 accident — in Belmar.
As a result of the crackdown, the officers issued 16 summonses related to pedestrian crosswalk laws, according to the Belmar police in a Facebook post.
“We will continue our efforts with enforcement in order to make crosswalks safer,” the post stated. “The Belmar Police Department wants to remind pedestrians and drivers to abide by the laws so we are all safe. Be especially careful during the holidays with the influx of patrons.”
There has been no update on the condition or identity of the 64-year-old resident of the Belmar senior housing building who was using a walker in the Eighth Avenue crosswalk when she was struck at about 3 p.m. on July 1 by a vehicle driven by an 83-year-old Avon-by-the-Sea resident. The uninjured driver, who was heading west toward Route 35, told police he was distracted and did not see the woman, who was immediately transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, where she underwent surgery, police said.
The Eighth Avenue crosswalk at Railroad Avenue, which is lined with signs posted in each direction alerting motorists to stop for pedestrians, is a main thoroughfare leading in and out of Belmar. It’s also a frequently used by residents of the 50-unit senior building who do not have cars and can walk directly to the Belmar Plaza to shop or dine.
The accident is under investigation by the Belmar Police Department Detective Bureau’s Detective/Captain Thomas Cox and Traffic Safety Unit Officers Michael Allen and Joseph Clayton. Anyone with information on the accident are asked to call the police department at 732-681-1700.
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