CALDWELL, NJ — While crossing the intersection at Bloomfield Avenue and Smull Avenue in Caldwell on Tuesday, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, Mayor Ann Dassing confirmed later that evening.

According to Dassing, the pedestrian was a student at Caldwell University and was unharmed. However, she raised concerns about the traffic safety in that area and announced her intention to contact Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno about stepping up patrols near the university.

Dassing added that she often sees cars in the area of Forest and Bloomfield Avenues that will cut through the parking lot to avoid traffic and red lights even though this is illegal under New Jersey statutory law.  

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Councilman Richard Hauser reiterated Dassing’s concerns, stating that he and his mother in law were nearly struck on Sunday while crossing a street in the borough on the way to church. He suggested looking into the possibility of having undercover cops placed in the problem areas in order to promote traffic safety.

“I will mention that to the chief and see if we can step up those patrols,” said Dassing.