CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Police are responding to concerns voiced by parents about the Chatham Middle School crosswalk on Van Doren Avenue, council member James Collander said in his report on safety at Monday's Borough of Chatham Council meeting.

Collander, chairman of the safety and emergency services committee, reported that the Van Doren crosswalk was considered a "hot spot" and that about 55 students crossed there in the morning and about 105 in the afternoon.

Council member James Collander, safety chairman, talks about safety of Van Doren Avenue crosswalk

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Chatham parents involved in Safe Routes to School Committee expressed concern after a pedestrian was struck and killed crossing Shunpike Road in Chatham Township by a hit-and-run driver.

"Officer (Roy) George has been down there, we have criss-crossed that section so people don't block the box," Collander said. "George has worked with the school administration on changing some of the interior traffic patterns down there."

Chatham Borough Police Chief Phil Crosson Jr. asked that residents resist the urge to move the standing pedestrian crossing signs closer to the crosswalks. Crosson explained that the purpose is to warn drivers of the crosswalk and that moving the signs closer defeats the purpose.

Chatham Borough Police Chief Phil Crosson Jr. asks residents not to move standing pedestrian crosswalk signs