Everyone knows that one stop sign in their neighborhood that most drivers seem to pretend doesn’t exist. For one Jersey City resident, that one stop sign is at the corner of Jersey Avenue and York Street.
Sean Popke decided enough was enough with drivers rolling through and set up a camera at the intersection. Over a span of just 90 minutes, the camera recorded 100 drivers blowing through the stop sign in the family-filled neighborhood.
The intersection is one of about two dozen that had new stop signs installed in 2013. Many residents complained that drivers were simply ignoring them from the get go and the video even shows a police cruiser and a transit bus failing to heed them.
After seeing the video shared on YouTube and Facebook, Jersey City officials finally took action. According to NBC 4 New York, two days after the video was posted, trees were trimmed around the stop signs and one sign was moved to a more visible location. A stop ahead sign was also added and police stepped up enforcement in the area.
“If you document something and show people the breadth of the problem, they will take action,” Popke told NBC 4. You can see a clip of the video below.
In both New York and New Jersey, cars are required to come to a complete stop before moving past a stop sign. Drivers who do not do so can face hefty fines, insurance rate hikes, and even jail time. For a free consultation with an experienced traffic lawyer, call 888-883-5529 to speak to Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm about your case.