The San Jose Metropolis Council took motion this week in hopes of creating one of many metropolis’s deadliest intersections safer for folks crossing the road. Seven folks have been killed whereas strolling close to Monterey Highway and Curtner Avenue. Six of the deaths have been attributed to hit and run drivers. Town council signed off on a brand new pilot program that can set up boundaries on the intersection early subsequent 12 months at the price of as much as $50,000. In accordance with the Mercury News, crews will put in a big chainlink fence alongside the median of Monterey Highway which is able to drive folks to make use of the crosswalks on the intersection to get all the best way throughout.
The intersection of Monterey Highway and Curtner Avenue sits in district 7 which is represented by Councilmember Maya Esparza who initially pushed this system. “This intersection has change into an issue, significantly at evening. Significantly after I do this drive late at evening on a Friday and Saturday evening I see loads of erratic driving. We’re doing the prevention and the opposite half is the justice,” Esparza instructed San Jose Spotlight.
Esparza can be asking the town of San Jose to put in 4 visitors cameras on the intersection to probably catch hit and run drivers and different criminals sooner or later. The cameras would price round $35,000 to put in and the town is presently video knowledge house and privateness issues earlier than making a call. “The cameras are necessary due to the variety of incidents there. However in my thoughts, for me, the prevention is extra necessary than the after-effect,” Councilmember David Cohen instructed Mercury Information. “Our aim ought to be to forestall incidents like this, so the boundaries and different bodily issues that we will do to forestall incidents ought to be our major goal,” Cohen mentioned.
Monterey Highway appears to be the larger downside as a result of folks typically attain speeds they might use on a freeway. A part of the reason being the highway seems like a freeway as a result of it runs all the best way right down to Gilroy. One other situation is homelessness. Not less than 2 of the 7 victims on this 12 months’s lethal pedestrian crashes had been mentioned to be individuals who had been dwelling on the streets in close by camps. Some had been crossing illegally. Town housing division is predicted to achieve out to the homeless inhabitants dwelling close to the intersection to assist educate them methods to be secure when crossing and to alert them concerning the new boundaries.