Residents demand change after 8 pedestrians hit by cars in Greenburgh

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Traffic safety was front and center at a Greenburgh Town Hall meeting after eight people, three fatally, have been hit by cars in the community since September.

The intersection of Aqueduct and Tarrytown roads is among the roadways in question after 75-year-old Graciano Calderon was killed crossing there Friday. It was the third fatal incident in that area since last September. The other fatal crashes happened in Hartsdale near Fort Hill and Underhill roads and on the Bronx River Parkway.

A memorial was held last night to honor Calderon.  A GoFundMe page has been created for the funeral arrangements for Calderon, which already has $7,000 in donations.

Earlier in the day, Greenburgh town and state officials held a meeting to discuss how to make the streets safer and address the growing number of pedestrian accidents. They want to roll out programs to educate drivers and pedestrians about traffic safety.

Councilman Francis Sheehan recently said he and Department of Transportation personnel saw firsthand that many drivers do not stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.

"It appears that they don't understand, drivers, that as soon as a foot goes into the crosswalk, they're supposed to stop on both sides," says Sheehan.

Officials also want to reinforce that pedestrians should wear reflective or bright clothing and to only cross at crosswalks.

Some other ideas discussed include installing digital speed signs, crosswalk signals and traffic lights.

"It's going to take some time to get the hardware in, to get the lighting, and so in the meantime will have to do a tremendous amount of education and even more so and how they deal with crosswalks," says Sheehan.

 

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