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Red Hook Traffic Safety Measures in the Works

Aug. 18, 2008 — In the wake of a fatal traffic accident in Red Hook, a meeting Monday between the head of a local citizens group and government officials has resulted in promises that changes will be made to augment safety in the area.
Police Commissioner James McCall and Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls met with Red Hook Community Alliance President Andrea King and assured her they are developing a plan, McCall said. The plan will include putting an end to parking on the north side of the road for the immediate future while other ideas are developed to ease the traffic situation. All plans must be submitted to the governor for approval, McCall said.
Efforts to reach King for comment Monday were unsuccessful. King has been pushing this safety agenda for years, she said earlier.
"We have been petitioning for 10 years to have something done about the roads," King said. "If they just enforced no parking along the entire road, people would have a sidewalk to walk on as opposed to walking in the street. Children have to walk around cars every day to get to school, and one will be hit if nothing is done."
King's concerns about Red Hook's traffic situation were brought home by the Aug. 10 death of 24-year-old Ashley Holdcraft, who was struck by a car and killed while walking on Nicholas Friday Memorial Drive near Red Hook Plaza. Three days later another pedestrian was struck while walking her dog in the same vicinity.
The accidents prompted more residents of the East End to join in efforts to focus attention on that stretch of roadway. Members of the newly formed Project SAVE (Safety, Awareness and Visibility Every day) are circulating petitions that call for better lighting, crosswalks in the middle and at each end of the community, and pedestrian traffic signs. Petitions have been distributed to Red Hook businesses and to residents, and will be collected by Sept. 1.
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Aug. 18, 2008 -- In the wake of a fatal traffic accident in Red Hook, a meeting Monday between the head of a local citizens group and government officials has resulted in promises that changes will be made to augment safety in the area.
Police Commissioner James McCall and Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls met with Red Hook Community Alliance President Andrea King and assured her they are developing a plan, McCall said. The plan will include putting an end to parking on the north side of the road for the immediate future while other ideas are developed to ease the traffic situation. All plans must be submitted to the governor for approval, McCall said.
Efforts to reach King for comment Monday were unsuccessful. King has been pushing this safety agenda for years, she said earlier.
"We have been petitioning for 10 years to have something done about the roads," King said. "If they just enforced no parking along the entire road, people would have a sidewalk to walk on as opposed to walking in the street. Children have to walk around cars every day to get to school, and one will be hit if nothing is done."
King's concerns about Red Hook's traffic situation were brought home by the Aug. 10 death of 24-year-old Ashley Holdcraft, who was struck by a car and killed while walking on Nicholas Friday Memorial Drive near Red Hook Plaza. Three days later another pedestrian was struck while walking her dog in the same vicinity.
The accidents prompted more residents of the East End to join in efforts to focus attention on that stretch of roadway. Members of the newly formed Project SAVE (Safety, Awareness and Visibility Every day) are circulating petitions that call for better lighting, crosswalks in the middle and at each end of the community, and pedestrian traffic signs. Petitions have been distributed to Red Hook businesses and to residents, and will be collected by Sept. 1.
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