SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Highway safety is one of our primary concerns at the South Brunswick Police Department. The events of nearly two weeks ago just remind all of us of the dangers of crossing the highways at improper locations. So far in 2020, 132 pedestrians have died on New Jersey roadways. Angelina Rivera age 14 became one of the youngest back on September 30th. Her death is a tragedy and one that we can avoid with the help of parents, schools, motorists, and our entire community.
South Brunswick Township comprises nearly 208 miles of highways and roadways ranging from two lane highways like Route 27 to six lanes of travel on parts of Route 1. In order to address the increasing dangers of pedestrian crossings, we have developed a three-step plan -
Step 1 - Additional fencing along Route 1. We are working with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to increase fencing along portions of the highway where officers have observed pedestrians crossing the divider. Previous areas that already have fencing have seen a significant reduction in pedestrian incidents.
Step 2 - Asking parents and guardians to have open conversations with young people about highway safety. Talk to your son or daughter about the following topics -
- PHONES DOWN, HEADS UP WHEN WALKING: 1 in 4 high school students cross the road while distracted
- CROSS AT THE CORNER - NO SHORTCUTS: crossing at someplace other than an intersection accounts for 70% of child pedestrian deaths
- BE ALERT WHEN IT IS DARK OUT: 3/4 of teen pedestrian deaths take place between 7 pm and 7 am when it is dark out.
Step 3 - Motorist help. If you see people crossing the highway at locations they should not be, call the South Brunswick Police Department at (732) 329-4646 to report it. This will allow us to improve tracking of problem locations.
My goal is to have zero pedestrian accidents and only with the support of the entire community can we make it happen.