Traffic Signs and Common Sense – MyVeronaNJ

The image on the left is the sign on the corner of Malvern and Bloomfield. The one in the center is the traffic light on the south side of Bloomfield, opposite Malvern. The one on the right is the walk/no walk sign on the west side of Bloomfield, which you would see if you walked through Malvern at the crosswalk.

What does all this mean? This means that no matter what time of day, whether it’s 5 p.m. when Bloomfield is heavily trafficked or 5 a.m. when the avenue is nearly deserted, ALL vehicles must S ‘STOP at the red light and CANNOT turn right until the light is green. This means pedestrians on Bloomfield Avenue crossing Malvern have the right of way.

For most of us, it’s obvious. I’m going to take a chance and say that the majority of people in the community follow the rules of the road, even when it’s inconvenient. (I admit I’ve moaned and moaned when I want to turn right onto Grove from Linden, but I can’t because it’s during school hours and right turns on red are prohibited then.) panels are there for a reason. Laws are in place for a reason.

Common sense, right?

MyVeronaNJPullQuote-WalkDontWalkLast week, a member of our community died while driving through Bloomfield. I don’t know all the details of this tragic hit-and-run, but I do know that we ALL need to be extra careful when walking and driving around town. We ALL need to be vigilant and aware.

I took the photos above just this morning. I was taking my morning walk. As you can see from the photos, it was light (although it was still dark when I started). I could hear a vehicle driving down Malvern as I headed west on Bloomfield. (I have headphones on when I walk, but traffic noise tends to drown out the music, which is good as I have to be alert.) I had the right of way when driving through Malvern, but I exercised caution, which was a good thing. The white van driving down the road not only turned red, but didn’t even stop at a red light before continuing.

The driver meant no harm. I’m sure he was in a hurry or distracted. It happens to all of us. But if I hadn’t been alert, I could have been a statistic today.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record. I know I’ve written about traffic problems before. But in light of recent events, I think it’s important to remind the whole community (pedestrians and motorists) to exercise caution. The school is closed and there are a lot of children running around and not always paying attention to the traffic. The weather is fine for walkers early in the morning and late in the evening. To be fowarding something; take care. Hold back the impatience when you’re at that traffic light or stop sign. I know we all have places to go and things to do. The world seems to be moving faster and faster every day, but we need to slow down, for our own good and that of those around us.

Beth Shorten is a longtime resident of Verona. For more than three years, she has chronicled life here on her personal website, Bfth’s boring blog.

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