WATCHUNG, NJ - In response to a tragic accident involving a young boy and hit-and-run motorist on Valley Road Tuesday evening, Watchung Borough Candidate Amber Murad and Councilman George Sopko called on County Officials to immediately upgrade safety along the heavily traveled route. Freeholder Director Levine responded, agreeing to take immediate action.
“The County should immediately erect signs along Valley Road warning motorists that children are present in the area,” said Councilman Sopko. “That can be done this afternoon.”
“The speed limit should be lowered, designated cross walks established and explore options for additional sidewalks,” added Murad. “They may not be able to do that today, but there is no reason for undue delay in protecting the children who must cross this road to reach the Bayberry School Playground .”
“Traffic congestion in Watchung is an ongoing problem that must be addressed going forward,” added Councilman Sopko. “We intend to contact our state and local officials about the problem at the intersection of Diamond Hill Road and I-78, and working with our police department to eliminate dangerous commercial truck traffic from using Hillcrest Road during peak traffic.”