Illegal U-Turns a Safety Hazard for Staten Island Kids

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Parents and legislators would like to install bollards to prevent illegal U-turns around the school. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Parents and legislators would like to install bollards to prevent illegal U-turns around the school. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Drivers making illegal U-turns, double parking, and speeding are creating a safety risk for Staten Island students. Parents and educators at Egbert Intermediate School (I.S. 2) have complained about the dangerous behavior of motorists during drop off and pick up times.

The problem isn’t new. Last year, Councilman Steven Matteo sent a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) about the issue. Matteo is pushing for the installation of bollards — short posts designed to guide traffic and protect from vehicle intrusions. However, the DOT responded that an investigation showed no need for any intervention.

A few days into the 2016-2017 school year, a student was struck by a car, suffering minor injuries. Not long after, Matteo issued another letter on Sept. 16, asking once again for bollards. He stated, “we cannot allow another incident….to happen again.”

In addition to the safety risk, an illegal U-turn can land you a $150 fine plus a $93 surcharge and two points on your license. The cost rises to $300 in fines for a second offense and $450 for a third offense within 18 months. Such penalties can also result in increased auto insurance rates. If you have been ticketed for an illegal U-turn, you need experienced legal representation to avoid the consequences. The lawyers of the Rosenblum Law Firm are skilled traffic ticket and criminal defense attorneys with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.

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This post was written by Adam Rosenblum


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