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Which Intersections Are You Scared to Cross?

Tarrytown Police Chief Scott Brown defends the pedestrian safety record of the force, while parents sound off about treacherous school crossings.

There are AAA apple posters at key spots in the villages where drivers are urged to use caution now that school is officially back in session.

Then there are the hot spots that have people on Patch talking.

Since Patch posted some a few days ago, a few commenters have gravitated to one intersection in Tarrytown and one in Sleepy Hollow.

While kids were hit last school year by cars on Beekman, on North Washington, on Pocantico – all luckily without notable injuries – parents seem to feel the most threatened alongside and on Bedford Road in Sleepy Hollow.

“The steep hill and the blind spot on Bedford Road [at Pine Close] are a recipe for disaster,” Rose Hill wrote, “I can't believe the village has done nothing to help out for SAFE crossing.”

In Tarrytown, to enter Washington Irving, pedestrians cross at South Broadway and Franklin Street, rather than directly in front of the school, which commenter Patricia took issue with.

“The children at WI should be crossing directly in front of the school entrance, I don't known why the school has them crossing at South Broadway and Franklin St. Oh wait I do know why, because that is the way they did it 60 years ago so that's the way it has to be done today.”

Tarrytown Police Chief Scott Brown defended the choice.

“The school does not select the crossing locations the police department does,” Brown said. The department assigns the guards at intersections in accordance with the AAA Pedestrian Safety Program. “Additionally, since manpower is at a premium and it is not feasible to post officers on every block we strive to obtain the maximum benefit by strategically placing our officers where they will have the most impact.”

The police officer at South Broadway/Franklin Street, Brown said, is responsible to cross children approaching the school from points north and east as well as maintaining the orderly flow of commuter traffic. "Officer assignments are done for a reason not because we object to change."

Patricia had some advice for kids to “cross with purpose” and for parents to “leave themselves a little extra time when dropping their kids off.”

To which another reader Ethel responded, “perhaps the commuters could leave early so they are not whizzing around WI trying to make their trains.”

And thus the tension between  continues.

Chief Brown stood up for the force's commitment to pedestrian safety. “Our pedestrian safety record is one of the best in the county," he said. "I can't attest to the last sixty years but I can speak for the last thirty-one, it seems to work just fine for everyone else!”

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Is there an intersection you'd like to see a crossing guard, or at least a caution sign, at? Tell us in the comments.

Krista Madsen (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Any trouble for anyone crossing this morning? Seemed like smooth sailing from what I could tell - lots of happy kids, and PARENTS! (Though statistically the most traffic trouble happens when school is letting out in the afternoon...)
AA September 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
The problem is that some Cross Guards are too Old and are not alert. The Village needs to hire younger people.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
More from Chief Brown: "We are willing to listen and explore any viable alternative to any of our operating procedures. Our Standard Operations Manual is a work in progress. We update it continuously based upon changes in laws, ordinances, suggestions from our supervisors/officers as well as input from our elected officials and the general public." Just sounds like we need to hear from Sleepy Hollow on Bedford Road situation. I will report back.
Patricia September 06, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It can be dangerous crossing an intersection, that is why you need to be careful. How do people do it everyday with out the police holding their hands? Young children are a different story, I realize that, and that is why an adult should be helping and teaching them until they can do it on their own. I have been a village resident and a commuter and still can't figure out why they have not put a driveway in the front of W.I.M.S for the buses.
Theresa Brick September 09, 2012 at 02:27 PM
When I first moved here 14 years ago my kids were ages 10 & 4. They never had a problem getting to school. The only road we worried about was RT 9 when the kids got older & wanted to walk around town with their friends. Both villages had that small town feel & pace of life. Both kids loved growing up here. Now, the villages, mostly SH, where I live, seem so overcrowded with people, cars, & drivers that speed & don't obey traffic laws. I know everything changes over time. I see this area turning from a small town where after school you'd see groups of kids walking together in the village, enjoying a carefree ,childhood, into a more urban, hustle & bustle area that is affecting the way of life we all once enjoyed. In other comments people are blaming the Police depts for how they handle traffic control, etc. Their points are valid, but blaming the Police for too much traffic is not. There is a lot of frustration for residents here now-the GM site, the bridge, etc.The overall theme is that our Villages are changing & we can't do anything about it,& neither can the local cops. I don't like it either, but what can you do?
Rose Sawyer September 12, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The Bedford Road and Pine Close crosswalk is BARELY there. A street where so many students cross to get to and from school. it is an outrage that the Village of Sleepy Hollow is unwilling or uninterested in a fresh coat of Bright reflective paint and perhaps a small STOP for PEDESTRIANS sign. The cost of these two things is so insignificant and yet they are sensible and proactive measure in SAVING LIVES. Why is there even a discussion here? Does Sleepy Hollow not value it's children???
J. Cattano September 12, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Crossing Bedford Rd. at the Pine Cl. crosswalk is like playing chicken. You look and look and then you just dart across holding your breath the whole trime. It is so unnerving. The cars coming down Bedford Rd. going west are usually speeding and even if they see someone standing there be it adult or child they just drive on by. They really need to rush down to that traffic light I guess. It is so dangerous, and it feels to me as has for quite some time now like a tragedy waiting to happen - then they can all start the blame game when a simple fix is so easy to obtain. PUT A SIGN THERE! NY STATE LAW- MUST STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK -- very simple. **Are we waiting for one of our children to be hit by one of these cars that go speeding by them everyday not even caring to slow down let alone stop to let them cross before we take this problem seriously?? I am furious about this and will pursue this with the local news as-well. Shame on you Sleepy Hollow!!!
J. Cattano September 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Small things can make a difference - re- paint all the old faded cross walks with bright yellow paint - add a YEILD TO PEDESTRIANS SIGN- IT'S THE LAW- and at least there is something proactive ... it won't stop ignorant people from speeding but at least it will help - and the cost is so minimal to the village for this to be done, it is just outrageous that this has not been addressed in SH. Like I 've said, they are waiting for a tragedy before they do the right thing.
Krista Madsen (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Sounds like this crossing deserves it's own investigation. I will look into this and ask Police.
J. Cattano September 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thank you Krista!
Krista Madsen (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM
J. Cattano, I'm afraid your answer is: go write to the Governor. Seems we are often powerless in the face of State that hasn't heard our pleas for help (and these are state roads..). Here's the post: http://patch.com/A-y3jN

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