Crosswalk crackdown coming in Belmar

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BELMAR — Two weeks after a resident was struck by an elderly driver while using the crosswalk on 8th Avenue, the Belmar Police Department have announced measures to try to make crosswalks safer around the borough. 

“This is a town wide issue, not just that location. Every crosswalk in town we have similar problems with,” Chief of Police Andrew Huisman said. 

Across Belmar and Lake Como, the police department have engaged in several sting operations at crosswalks to catch drivers not yielding to pedestrians. 

Since the accident, the department has issued 32 summons. 

On July 1, a 64-year-old female resident who lives at the Belmar Housing Authority near the corner of 8th and East Railroad avenues was struck. She is alive but her injuries are “traumatic,” Chief Huisman said at the borough’s council meeting on July 23. 

The driver of the vehicle was an 83-year-old Avon resident, who police say was distracted when the accident occurred.

The crosswalk is between the housing authority and Belmar Plaza, near the railroad tracks. According to Chief Huisman, the department has met with state officials on ways to make the crosswalk safer.

“We are working with the state on possibly either relocating that crosswalk towards Main Street or adding flashing crosswalk signs,” the chief said, adding that the crosswalk is used “extensively” by the roughly 60 seniors who live in the building.

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