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Residents, officials speaking out over dangerous intersection

Every day in New York City, thousands of people take to the streets both on foot and in cars to go to work, school, shopping or other important locations. Given this large amount of foot traffic and vehicle traffic speeding about the streets, you would think that there would be serious pedestrian-car accidents on an hourly basis.

The reality is that city planners and officials with the Department of Transportation (DOT) have done a remarkably good job of ensuring that our city streets are safe thanks to the appropriate traffic signage and devices.

However, there are still some areas where officials may need to go back to the drawing board in examining street safety.

According to a news report, one such example is the intersection of Greenwich and Duane Streets in Tribeca. Here, there have been five confirmed accidents involving cars and pedestrians along with five other accidents witnessed by area residents over the last ten years.

The problem?

The intersection only has caution signs, but no stop signs or traffic lights.

According to area residents, this lack of proper traffic controls coupled with the presence of many schools makes for an incredibly unsafe situation.

"Three public schools, six preschools, one high school, one intermediate school," said Rich Carty, a resident whose three-year old son was struck and injured by a car only a few weeks ago. "You've got 2,000 students."

Interestingly, the Borough President claims that he has sought a stop sign or traffic light at the intersection for nearly three years, only to be rebuffed by DOT officials who claim it doesn't meet the federal criteria for either.

"This is a dangerous intersection," said Scott Stringer, Borough President. "If you can't do a stop sign, then do a speed bump. Come up with a clock, come up with different kind of signage. Do what we ask you to do because lives are at stake."

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket or other traffic violation, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.

Source:

CBS-New York, "Stop sign campaign for dangerous Tribeca intersection revived after crash" Oct. 6, 2011

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