My three-year-old son was hit by a turning car on Stillwell and Avenue P while walking to the nearby park located one block away. He was a part of a group of 23 students. He was crossing the street on a green light under proper supervision when both he and his teacher were struck by a moving vehicle. The driver did not yield to pedestrians.
This area of Bensonhurst has three schools within a two block radius and a park. Something has to give, within the past week at least two accidents involving cars and pedestrians occurred in this area. Democrat William Colton has requested Department of Transportation DOT to investigate the rise in fatalities among older pedestrians in the area. We have to make a change where children can walk to school safely without the risk of being hit by distracted or impatient drivers. This neighborhood deserves more compassionate and civic-minded drivers.
Bensonhurst community has a public SAFETY problem; we should be safe when we are crossing our streets when given the right away in major crosswalks. Vision Zero is imperative -taking our kids to school or going to work safely warrants the attention of all. There should not be a constant worry or doubt about the safety of our crosswalks or school zones. I propose we have speed bumps placed at this location as well as other key sites in Bensonhurst to ensure the safety of our community. I also recommend that we make crosswalks more apparent in critical locations that are of high traffic areas create turning lanes where it is necessary and slow down the traffic to allow increase safety for our common man