Dear Mayor Coles,
I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing today, as I am clearing the scene of a 3 car accident here, to express my deep concern and frustration regarding the lack of a traffic light at the intersection of Lakewood New Egypt and Gudz Road in Lakewood. It is truly disheartening to witness the ongoing accidents occurring at this junction on a weekly basis, and it is even more concerning that it seems to take the loss of precious lives before any action is considered.
I’ve been told by numerous sources that the County requires the death of at least 2 people before they will install a traffic light. I hope that’s merely a sick joke and hope it doesn’t actually take another death in our town before Ocean County takes action.
A Lakewood police officer, Patrolman Nichie Preslar, lost his life there during an on-duty fatal accident there on May 14, 2007 and a close friend of mine who lives right off that intersection fractured his neck in an accident there a few months ago, but unfortunately broken necks don’t count.
As a member of this community as well as a paramedic and Hatzolah member for over 27 years, I firmly believe that safety should always be the top priority. It is imperative that we take proactive measures to prevent accidents and protect the lives of our fellow residents. The absence of a traffic light at such a hazardous intersection is not only absurd but also poses a significant threat to the well-being of all who traverse this area.
The frequency of accidents at this location serves as a clear indication that urgent action is needed. We cannot afford to wait for more people to be injured and lives to be lost before making a change. Each accident not only affects the individuals involved but also impacts their families, friends, and the entire community. It is our responsibility to ensure that our roads are as safe as possible, and a traffic light is a crucial step towards achieving that goal.
Installing a traffic light at the intersection would undoubtedly improve the flow of traffic and enhance safety for everyone. It would provide a clear indication to drivers, reducing the risk of collisions and creating a safer environment for pedestrians as well. Moreover, it would serve as a visual reminder of the importance we place on protecting lives and promoting responsible driving habits.
I kindly request that the relevant authorities pay immediate attention to this matter and take the necessary steps to install a traffic light at this intersection. Let us not wait for further tragedies to occur before we address this issue. Our community deserves better, and we must work together to ensure the safety of all.
Thank you for providing a platform to express these concerns. I trust that Lakewood Township and The Lakewood Scoop will continue to advocate for the well-being of our community and support initiatives that prioritize safety.
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