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Stop the Speeding on Millburn Ave.

Letter to the Editor from the Short Hills Association.

A woman was hit by a car in Millburn recently while legally crossing Main Street in front of Starbucks.  On March 26 a 14 year old boy was struck by a car in downtown Millburn.  Students were hit by cars near the Millburn Middle School and on White Oak Ridge Road in May, 2011.  In February 2011 a 32 year old man was struck on Millburn Avenue near Campbell Road.  We all know that cars speed on Millburn Avenue in the downtown area every day.

Why aren’t the police stopping speeders?  Why are drivers holding and using cell phones?  Why aren’t drivers checking the crosswalk before turning a corner?  What will happen when Stop & Shop opens a supermarket on Millburn Avenue?

In the 1970’s and early 1980’s a policeman directed traffic at the corner of Millburn Avenue and Main Street.  Left turns were not legal onto Main Street from Millburn Avenue.

The Township Committee and the Police Department must tackle this issue and  stop the speeding in Millburn Township.  Speeding is rarely seen in Roseland because tickets are issued by police on major and minor thoroughfares.   Millburn also could develop a reputation of intolerance for speeders.  We don’t need more speed bumps, we need more enforcement of the existing speed limits.

Eleanor Wallen, President, The Short Hills Association

181 Long Hill Dr.

Short Hills

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June Schechner October 23, 2012 at 02:27 AM
2 Girl Scouts in Troop #20205 who working on their Silver Award will work with the township for better Pedestrian Safety and Awareness. Thank you Mrs. Wallen for your supportive letter! They will bring it with them when they meet with the township.
bill October 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
This has been an ongoing problem in town forever. The police just don't care about speeding. They could issue dozens of tickets every day, but they do not. Patch, how about looking into this? Ask them how many tickets they have written in the last month on millburn, main, essex, glen, and hobart. They put a show on of writing tickets for one week a year, or whenever we have a tragic accident, then go back to ignoring the problem. Our mayor and board to not seem to care at all either, since they have never once come out and publicly asked the police to enforce traffic laws. We need to get new police leadership, and new town leadership, before we have more deaths that could be prevented by simply enforcing the laws.
Joel October 23, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Bill....I agree that speeding in the township is a serious problem which needs to be addressed. However, I think your assumption that the police and township committee "just don't care" is inaccurate. The police have to prioritize deployment of manpower based upon available resources. Perhaps you should attend a township meeting to address your concern and/or contact the traffic bureau to determline what can be done?
bill October 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I have done so multiple times, and have also talked to the police cheif (old and new) and the town manager. Each time they say they will do something, and each time nothing that matters is ever done. As for prioritization, they have 50 or so officers. They seem to be fine with prioritizing many man hours ensuring that they go after petty shoplifting at the mall. Do you think this is a higher priority than the safety of our streets? If they really cared, they would act. But since they don't act in any meaningful way to make our streets safe, the logical conclusion is they either don't care, or care about other things more. I for one would like to have more traffic enforcement as a priority, rather than acting as mall cops or seeing officers idly sitting in their cars next to the construction projects on closed roads. What is a higher priority than the safety of our kids on the streets?
Joel October 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Bill...you may want to attend the township committe meeting tonight. There will be some police presentations taking place and you will have the mayor, committee members and police chief all under one roof!


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