The San Jose Metropolis Council took motion this week in hopes of constructing one of many metropolis’s deadliest intersections safer for folks crossing the road. Seven folks have been killed whereas strolling close to Monterey Street and Curtner Avenue. Six of the deaths have been attributed to hit and run drivers. The town council signed off on a brand new pilot program that may set up obstacles on the intersection early subsequent 12 months at the price of as much as $50,000. In keeping with the Mercury News, crews will put in a big chainlink fence alongside the median of Monterey Street which is able to power folks to make use of the crosswalks on the intersection to get all the best way throughout.
The intersection of Monterey Street and Curtner Avenue sits in district 7 which is represented by Councilmember Maya Esparza who initially pushed this system. “This intersection has grow to be an issue, notably at night time. Significantly after I do this drive late at night time on a Friday and Saturday night time I see quite a lot of erratic driving. We’re doing the prevention and the opposite half is the justice,” Esparza advised San Jose Spotlight.
Esparza can also be asking the town of San Jose to put in 4 site 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 at present video information area and privateness considerations earlier than making a choice. “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 advised Mercury Information. “Our objective must be to forestall incidents like this, so the obstacles and different bodily issues that we will do to forestall incidents must be our major goal,” Cohen mentioned.
Monterey Street appears to be the larger drawback as a result of folks typically attain speeds they might use on a freeway. A part of the reason being the street appears like a freeway as a result of it runs all the best way right down to Gilroy. One other problem 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 residing on the streets in close by camps. Some had been crossing illegally. The town housing division is anticipated to succeed in out to the homeless inhabitants residing close to the intersection to assist train them be protected when crossing and to alert them in regards to the new obstacles.