Chatham Borough Police Ready for "No Tolerance" Policy at School Crossings

Sonny Achilles, the crossing guard at Lafayette Avenue and Chatham Street acknowledges that "speeding" is a problem near school crossings on Lafayette Avenue Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police will be cracking down on speeding cars near school crossings it was announced at the regular meeting of the Borough of Chatham Council on Monday night.

"We will be looking at these spots and it will be a no tolerance policy," Council member Jim Collander, chairman of the traffic and safety advisory committee, said. "That means no warnings and that means the maximum penalty we can levy on anybody caught conducting themselves in this manner.

"It's getting pretty dangerous to be a crossing guard, given the conduct of some of the people on the roads today. Specific places, Fairmount and Chatham, Hillside and Red Road, all of Lafayette, which is a well used road in both towns."

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Sonny Achilles, the crossing guard at Lafayette Avenue and Chatham Street, confirmed to TAPinto Chatham that "speeding" is a problem on Lafayette.

Council member Jim Collander reports on speeding cars near school crosswalks

"There have been instances when (crossing guards) go out and hold up the sign and people blow right through it," Collander said. "There are kids crossing on these roads. Oftentimes cars come up at a high speed and come to a screeching halt right before the crossing guard.

"Also, taking the right-hand turn while kids are crossing the street. This behavior must stop and will stop. Of course, there will be some out-of-town people doing this, but I don't think we can fool ourselves that our own residents in town sometimes have to get someplace a little too quickly. It has to stop. It's just unreasonable behavior."


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