Can You Spot What’s Wrong With This Sign? [Editorial]
Look at the photo above, do you see a major problem with this sign?
Ok, you can stop looking now because there isn't anything wrong with it.
It's bright yellow, in the middle of the crosswalk, has both words and pictures for those who can't be bothered to read, yet I see this sign and many like it totally ignored every single day.
Downtown Toms River can get busy between Toms River High School South students, township and county employees, and others walking through the area on a daily basis.
But every day as I'm coming in to work I see cars slipping through the intersection rather than stopping to let pedestrians cross.
Many cars don't slow down when they see people trying to cross. In fact, more often than not I'll see cars accelerate to get through the crosswalk before people can cross.
Thankfully I haven't seen anyone get hit, but I've seen plenty of close calls.
Look, we all have places to be. I get it, if you stop to let someone cross, one person going from one side of the street to the other could turn into a steady line of a dozen or more people. But will those 90 seconds of your life really make that much of a difference?
Now, I do have to include a qualifier - I also see plenty of people darting out from between cars in the middle of the block to cross the street, so it's not all drivers ignoring signs that could lead to tragedy.
I'd like to see both of these enforced on a more regular basis.
I'd like to see more people stopped for dangerously jaywalking, and I'd like to see more drivers pulled over for flying through crosswalks with no regard to pedestrians.
What intersections do you think are the worst for pedestrians in Ocean County? Comment below and let us know!
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