Accidents on the Rise on Gerritsen Avenue

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In total there were five motor vehicle acciednts most with injuries in the past week.

  • June 25th Gerritsen and Avenue W with injuries
  • June 28th Gerritsen and Channel Ave with Injuries
  • June 29th Gerritsen and Everett Ave no Injuries
  • July 1st Gerritsen and Avenue U with Injuries
  • July 2nd Gerritsen and Cryus Hit and Run Vehicle Only no reported Injuries

Why is summer such a dangerous time on Gerritsen Avenue

Speed – The speed limit on Gerritsen Avenue is 25 MPH for a reason. Speed kills pedestrians and can lead to a crash with less reaction time.

Teen drivers aren’t in school. When kids have the summer off, they are more likely to be on the road and they are more likely to be staying out late or even drinking on the weekends and during the week. College kids, too, aren’t studying on campus as they are during the academic year – they are more often on the road and out with friends. With less to do and less experience behind the wheel than most adults, teens become involved in accidents involving speeding, driver error, reckless driving, and drunk driving.

More cars are on the road. More vehicles out on the streets means more traffic and more accidents.

More pedestrians and cyclists are out and about. Just as there are more cars on the roads, there are also more motorcycles, bicycles, and people on foot.  Distracted drivers and drivers who aren’t familiar with bicycle and pedestrian law smay find themselves in an accident before fall arrives.

Drinking More daylight hours and warmer weather, summer days can fool one into thinking less time and drinking has passed than has actually passed.  The commercials and ads encourage you to drink “responsibly” – but the key here is that the companies that manufacture and sell alcohol ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRINK.

Gathering friends and families together to celebrate summer with backyard cookouts, pool parties, and baseball games is part of the American tradition.   Most of these events include alcohol.  After all, what is a hotdog or hamburger without a beer?

It is a hard conversation to have with a friend when you believe he has had too much to drink and needs to give up his keys and take a taxi home, get a ride with a sober friend or spend the night at your home.  However, think about how much harder it would be to have a conversation with the police or his family if he were involved in a traffic accident.  Moreover, think about the even HARDER conversation if that accident resulted in a fatality.

Do not “drink responsibly” and drive.  Be responsible.

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35 comments to Accidents on the Rise on Gerritsen Avenue

  • anon

    Living on Avenue W off Gerritsen is a real eye-opener. Since I have lived here (a few years now) I have seen at least 15 to 20 accidents…some more serious than others; some have involved drinking. The majority though are caused by people speeding and taking the corner too tight just to make the light. Also, making an illegal left off of Allen doesn’t help. So, everyone, take it easy and have a safe, happy summer!

  • Anonymous

    Big problem with people passing others in the middle zebra stripes. Someone will get killed thinking that its a safe zone for people to get across the street. Please be careful.

    • Anonymous

      FYI NY Veh and Traffic – you can not pass anyone when crossing over double yellow lines.. The box or zebras are there for safety reasons (yeah I know) point is, people shouldn’t be passing

    • anonymous

      I think that any of us with some driving experience know what a double yellow line means..We also understand that the zebra zone is a safety zone..My question is if you have a double parked car{also a violation} should you stop behind the double parked car,and sit there and compound a traffic jam..Or, should you violate the law and pass into the restricted area ? What is your choice ?

  • Anonymous

    you’re missing at least 2 others I know of that were on the Avenue on Sunday the 26th Wouldn’t even try to keep count of the ones on the little avenues leading out from the beach onto Gerritsen Ave

  • anonymous1

    It is because of stupid lines in the middle of the street!!!

  • Annon

    The one last night was most likely drinking and driving, not the stupid lines in the middle of the street!

  • anonymous

    It is not the lines that cause accidents it is stupid drivers who can’t obey the most simple of traffic rules, the speed limit. They are on the phone or texting, putting on makeup, fiddling with their music while driving a deadly machine. The run red lights, stop signs, make illegal turns. I see it everyday from Gerritsen and W.
    Someone is going to be killed in one of these accidents.

  • Dawn

    because people in this neighborhood think they own it and can do whatever they want…

  • trainman

    I was going to respond to a person in a previous thread in regards to the Cadillac and bus collision. I was going to mention a recent study that showed that the new traffic patterns we have here in the Beach and in many other sections of the city showed a significant reduction in traffic accident and pedestrian fatalities. After reviewing the story by a woman whose husband was killed while driving in a designated bicycle lane by a tow truck, I realize that any traffic system without the cooperation of the people using them, is a waste of time and expense.

    After my wife retired we had the opportunity to take 3 extended road trips. After 20,000 miles and 46 states I soon realize that many of the rude and hazardous driving conditions we have here were absence once I got West of New Jersey. 70 days without hearing the sound of a horn blowing, no weaving in and out of traffic lanes to possibly gain a half a car length and no tailgating. Almost without exception complete respect for other drivers which is so blatantly absent here in the city.
    The most recent phenomenon I have noticed are drivers on the belt Parkway during heavy traffic to actually go into an entrance ramp to gain a few car lengths…..
    How nauseating is that?
    Especially when it encourages other people to do the same which exasperates the condition on that road. I’m sure I could go on and on about situations I’ve witnessed in 40 years of driving and this rant has no solutions to offer other than to say we are the results of too many people living in too small a place.

    Anyone out there want to contribute their observations of driver’s bad behavior they witnessed?

  • Anonymous

    was this an angel dust related incident?

  • Anonymous

    If people around here are breaking the commandment of Thou Shall Not Wash Your Car, I’m outta here. We used to have alot more bars and alot fewer accidents. Maybe now that there is no where for older teens (18+) to hang out, have a few beers, shoot some pool, play some video games they are doing more speeding around and stunts. Certainly not defending it but how boring it must be for these older teens, how difficult just to find a place to hang out, mingle, meet girls. I can see where they would wind up doing drugs and speeding around etc. Idle hands do the Devils work, right TJ?

  • anon

    No teens should be having a few beers. The legal age is 21 for a good reason.

    • anonymous

      And what exactly would that good reason be because the only reason the age is 21 in New York is because of highway funding…

      • Anonymous

        Is that true anonymous with a small ‘a’? I didn’t know that. It’s been so long I don’t remember the original circumstances for the change, only that it went first from 18 to 19 and then to 21. Jeez, they better raise it to 30 so they can fix the potholes and do repairs. Although the highways outside of NYC are alot better than what we are stuck rumbling around on.

    • anon

      More teens die in car accidents then any other age group. That is why there is zero tolerance for alcohol in teenage drivers and the legal age is 21.

    • Irish Kevin

      Not in the Beach. The legal age is when ever they want a Beer or Two.

  • Anonymous

    Another accident yesterday (Sunday) afternoon on one of the Avenues going out to Gerritsen Ave, lead foot hit a parked car. My guess is he was using a cell phone. Thank God no one was hit or hurt

    • Anonymous

      The car that hit the parked car was swerving to avoid someone who didn’t stop at the stop sign on dictum and Everett.

      • Anonymous

        Oh so he was hit by another car or did he loss control of his car when he swerved. You swerve and hit something or someone you lost control of your car

        • Anonymous

          its very hard to see @ certain intersections in the beach. Guy did creap out of Dictum past the stop sign. However, guy that swerved to avoid him that hit the pick-up was driving way to fast down Everett. Skid marks don’t lie. I see drivers everyday doing 60 down Everett.

  • Frank

    Sadly I strongly believe that all we needed was one traffic light on gerritsen. Accidents and traffic have increased on Gerritsen especially at Avenue U because of that island with the bells that have made cars flip over. Kids NOT from this neighborhood ride skateboards and bicycles up the middle of the ave so when there is a car double parked or a truck it creates a hazardous condition. Oh and now cars have to drive closer to their left which is dangerous for bicycles and people getting out of their cars!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Not reported a lot in the news but it was reported last week, our friends in Boro Park are getting all those islands and bells removed from THEIR community, it slows the responce time of their emergency responders

  • Frank

    It amazes me the ideas that the DOT comes up with and how they manage traffic. The test should be simply running a candy store or something other than a city, not how many degrees you have

  • anonymous

    Tests done by DOT prove the lines slow traffic and decrease accidents. The lines don’t drive cars, stupid drivers do, and they cause the accidents.

  • Anonymous

    I think a simple solution to the speeders that is very cheap is to tear up the asphalt & then spread out wood chips.

  • Anonymous

    gerritsen beach residents pay the smallest property taxes in the city you people keep on complaining and watch them come down re evaluate your property and then you will reailize i should have kept my big mouth shut

  • bagels

    Ever hear of free will?

  • anonymous1

    I really believe that if Jesus had a car he would wash it also!!!

    You have a real problem TJ , maybe you should go where the real sins are being committed and tell those people that they will be punished when they shoot or rob someone. Go help them and stop talking about people of Gerritsen beach because they curse or drink , Jesus drank wine didn’t he!

  • trainman

    TJ The Chosen One.
    I humbly plead that you be lenient and understanding toward us residents of Gerritsen Beach for we know not what we do. I think we’re under a satanic spell brought upon us by a powerful evil spirit. You, the chosen one, have been sent here to the Beach to set us free spiritually.

    We need you to investigate this strange and un-godly building that has been erected on Knapp Street where the Bowling Alley used to be. Overnight this wonderful recreational facility disappeared and all its employees vanished and were replaced by an entity so dark and so perverted no mere mortal would venture in…
    a building with no name, surrounded by surveillance cameras, tall fences and impregnable steel doors. During the day strange zombie-like creatures venture in and out of this building obviously concealing the evil lurking within. I have witnessed wicked clouds emanating from its devilish roof and drifting over our beloved innocent community to cast its evil spell.We need you to challenge this devilish presence that was brought upon us and set us free.
    We desperately await your intervention.

  • anon

    Great stuff Trainman. Very creative thinking and writing.

  • trainman

    Thanks for the comment anon.
    My response did shut TJ up but just as I feared he resurrected himself after three days :-)

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