In a moment of heat inspired insanity, yesterday I went out for a roll around the neighborhood and decided to go down to Pier 6. It was my mission to check out whether any improvement had been made in the pedestrian crosswalk situation since it had been reported on BHB that DOT was aware of the problem and working on a solution.
As I got to Atlantic Avenue, near the on-ramp, a taxi was barreling down – blasting his horn. In the midst of this confusion, a man was running across the street/on-ramp carrying a small child. This is almost exactly the scenario that causes my concern.
While there is clearly a new sign, not one driver followed the new instructions and all operated their vehicles with the old sign in mind. In the 15-20 minutes that I sat there making my surveillance, easily 50 tickets could have been issued.
In the distance I could see a police car and I headed in that direction. I reported to the police officer that there was a new sign and what was going on. Other than, “I will let the guys know” I did not get much of a response. So, in addition to the dangerous condition we got to pay for a sign that is completely ignored and not enforced.