To Mayor Roberts, I was just wondering when you plan to do something about the following: Motorcycles that continuously speed on streets such as Park, whether it is in the middle of the day or three o'clock in the morning; ticketing people who do not stop at stop signs and allow for pedestrians to walk through the cross walk; people who decide to harass the pedestrians who ask them to slow down or decide that since they are in a car, they have the right of way and people who sell candy on Washington Street and decide to harass the pedestrians who wish not to buy candy from them. I mention the above because all of the above has happened. In fact, the police have been called about the motorcycles, the harassing of pedestrians trying to walk our own streets and being harassed for not buying candy on Washington Street. Still, nothing seems to be done about these situations.
In fact on the night of August 8, 2003, my husband and I were walking home from a nice dinner, when a car coming up Garden was speeding toward us. My husband signaled to them to slow down, and as a response back, both the driver and his girlfriend proceeded to give us the finger. Now I think you would agree with me that giving the finger as a response to a pedestrian who is asking a speeding car to slow down would not be appropriate. Then this couple proceeded to call us both names, racially as well and using much profanity. I'm sorry but pedestrians should not be harassed by drivers, especially when there is a stop sign and when the law states in NJ that they must yield to pedestirans.
Unfortunately calling the police does not help because they don't seem to want to be bothered by such menial tasks as these. I will, however, say I have noticed much more police presence walking the streets, but this seems to be only in the day time. Have you ever thought about installing cameras at the stop signs to issue people tickets when they do not stop for the stop signs as a way to generate income for the city?
Needless to say, I'm very discourged that I am unable to walk home without being harassed by some maniac driver who decides that they do not need to slow down for the pedestrian and then feels necessary that they must use profanity in order to get their point across.