Hoboken police program aims to improve road safety for all
A new program is cracking down to make all forms of transportation safer on the streets and sidewalks of Hoboken.
The police department has kicked off a program, hoping to educate and enforce when it comes to safety on their congested streets and sidewalks. The department this month is focusing on crosswalks and cracking down on drivers who don't stop when they should.
"In this city, we have 52,000-plus residents and hundreds of thousands of commuters weekly, plus we are a bike-friendly town," says Police Chief Ken Ferrante. "Nationwide fatalities are up in all three areas, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians "
They are also focusing on double-parking, which is a very popular practice in Hoboken.
It's all part of a larger safety initiative in the city. Police are also warning pedestrians who jaywalk and bicyclists. The hope is all parties will realize they share the streets and the responsibility to keep them safe.
The safety programs also include a drunken driving crackdown during the holidays. They are being funded through state grants. Much of the money from tickets issued will go back to the state.