With the absence of Mayor Andy Skibitsky from this week’s Town Council meeting, someone had to fill his shoes. Skibitsky’s understudy, 3rd Ward Councilman Marc Ciarrocca, once again stepped into the lead role Tuesday night.
|Councilman Sam Dell Fera|
But this time, the best supporting actor role was filled by Councilman Sam Della Fera. In defense of Mayor Skibitsky and Councilman Ciarrocca’s repeated claims that the location of the Pedestrian activated “HAWK” light on Central Ave. is located at the safest location, in light of the recent motor vehicle accident that took place on Monday, Councilman Della Fera asked Westfield resident Maria Carluccio if accidents happen at other intersections? Perhaps Councilman Della Fera has not been studying his lines. Or maybe, he is oblivious to the fact that the Pedestrian activated “HAWK” light is not at an intersection. Well it is, if you consider the driveway of Adina Enculescu’s residence a street. TFoTM is not going to let the Councilman off that easy.
According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, an “Intersection is: in·ter·sec·tion
Definition of INTERSECTION
: the act or process of intersecting
: a place or area where two or more things (as streets) intersect
a : the set of elements common to two or more sets; especially : the set of points common to two geometric configurations b : the operation of finding the intersection of two or more sets
It appears Councilman Della Fera attempts to minimize the occurrence of Monday’s motor vehicle accident by suggesting that accident’s happen at other intersections so therefore, what makes this accident so special?
|Accident, Monday April 25th|
TFoTM asks Councilman Della Fera a few questions:
Have you not been paying attention to what has been debated the last eight months at Town Council meetings?
Does Councilman Della Fera understand what Mayor Skibitsky and Councilman Ciarrocca, and everyone else for that matter, mean when they describe this location as a “mid-block” crossing?
This accident highlights resident’s steadfast argument that this Pedestrian activated light is not in the safest location as the duo of Skibitsky and Ciarrocca vehemently insist.
Yes, Mr. Della Fera, accidents do happen at intersections. The difference here is that the Pedestrian activated light on Central Ave. is not located at an intersection. Will someone please advise Councilman Della Fera that Cambridge Rd. was cul-de-sac’d months ago.
The Fact of The Matter is this Pedestrian activated traffic light is the only one in Westfield located mid-block. There are no other mid-block lights controlling pedestrians and traffic anywhere in Westfield.
Westfield’s own consulting engineer, Gordon Meth, authored a report titled “Traffic Calming and Safety Improvements for Eight (8) Locations. This report was authored in July of 2006 and submitted to the Town during the planning stages of the Pedestrian light. In that report it lists “Traffic Facts”. One fact listed is: “There were 10 motor vehicle collisions in 6 years” at the intersection of Central & Clover. Central & Clover is the original proposed location of this Pedestrian light until the Westfield Town Council made themselves the “experts” on traffic safety and had it moved away from the intersection. That statistic reveals that an accident occurred, on average, once every 7.2 months.
The Pedestrian activated light at the current mid-block location became operational on February 4th 20011. It has already surpassed that aforementioned average thus making the current “Skibitsky/Ciarrocca” backed location of the Pedestrian light less safe…and much more dangerous.
If you consider the amount of time that this light has been operational, the “accident occurrence rate average” at the current mid-block location would be one accident every 81 days or 4.6 accidents a year….or 27.03 accidents in the same time frame as the study done at the intersection of Central & Clover which revealed only 10 accidents. That is almost a 300% increase.
The Fact of The Matter is the location of this Pedestrian activated light at the current mid-block location , the location requested by certain members of the Westfield Town Council, contributed to the occurrence of the motor vehicle accident on Monday.