In the wake of the latest deadly vehicular accident in Queens, scores of Jackson Heights residents spoke out about traffic safety during a town hall meeting that Councilman Daniel Dromm held on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The event at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, co-sponsored by Congressman Joseph Crowley, state Senator Jose Peralta and Assemblymen Francisco Moya and Michael DenDekker, was an open discourse to stress the importance of, and voice concerns surrounding pedestrian safety.
Local elected officials offered many solutions to the problems that arise when it comes to the safety of citizens in areas with a lot of foot traffic. Guest speakers included representatives from the NYPD, the NYC DOT, and transportation experts. Residents were also given the chance to voice their concerns.
This event was brought about due to the death of local resident Henry Boimel, who was struck by an Uber driver while crossing a neighborhood street earlier in the month.
“Henry Boimel’s tragic death reminds us of the need for increased law enforcement and additional safety measures,” Dromm said. “Jackson Heights is a safer place thanks to the slow zone, traffic calming measures and green space.”
The recklessness of drivers, Moya charged, is not the only issue when it comes to pedestrian safety. He also believes that double-parked trucks and traffic signage that is not displayed correctly cause problems as well.
According to Moya, Jackson Heights is extremely congested, and “safety precautions have failed to scale with this dramatic increase … lives are at risk daily as a result.”