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.