DENVILLE, NJ-- At a recent town council meeting, New Jersey Transit asked the council to support their efforts in educating commuters on pedestrian safety.
A representative from New Jersey Transit spoke at the meeting, highlighting the concerns at Denville Station, which relate to pedestrians not obeying safety devices. During their presentation, NJ Transit showed video surveillance footage of a truck nearly missing the gates coming down over the roadway at the Denville tracks.
"It is our goal for more people to become aware of the dangers of rail safety devices in place and always obey them before they proceed to the train," Lisa Torbic, NJ Transit Communications Officer, said.
Denville Station pedestrian safety is key. The presentation also offered insight into what the main problems at Denville station are.
"We see too many pedestrians fail to obey the rail grade crossing gates and other safety devices at this location because they are hurriedly trying to catch a train which is extremely dangerous," Torbic noted.
NJ Transit also has plans in place to educate young and old on rail safety. By attending community events, speaking in schools, and putting literature out at the station itself, there are multiple ways to learn how to be safe at rail crossings.
"NJ Transit regularly participates in community events where safety representatives distribute informative pamphlets to engage, inform and educate our customers and residents about rail safety and the dangers if safety signals are ignored," Torbic said.
NJ Transit is actively working with local, state, and federal agencies to enhance safety at their Denville location.
"Enforcement is a key component in deterring violators and violators are subject to fines and penalites." Torbic added.
The Town Council will hold their next meeting on Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal building.