PLAINFIELD, NJ — Police Director Lisa Burgess showed a video at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to increase awareness of rules for 4-way traffic stops.
The city established nine such stops in 2016 and later added nine more. Burgess said an analysis showed incidents at intersections dropped by 24 after 2016. While they are used throughout the country, Burgess said, “They are just fairly new to Plainfield.”
Councilwoman Ashley Davis asked what steps Burgess was taking to share the information with more than the sparse crowd at the council meeting. Burgess said the video could be shown on the city website and the information has already been distributed on flyers at public events.
The short video describes various situations that can influence success in use of the 4-way stops, such as sun glare or fog that obscure vision of other cars or pedestrians. Rain can cause pedestrians to dash across intersections to escape the elements, she noted.
Burgess said drivers should come to a full stop at 4-way intersections and signal if turning. The driver arriving first should proceed, with others to the right, or counter-clockwise, taking turns.
Councilman Elton Armady cited a problem at the intersection of Myrtle and Rock avenues, which Burgess said it might be more an issue of congestion rather than accidents there.
Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome said the information “got great reviews” at a Safety Day event.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp said the video could be played on PCTV as well as the city website, “over and over.”
Mills-Ransome suggested that the mayor could post it on his weekly newsletter to city residents, to which Mapp replied, “Definitely!”