Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end. The feared object or subject is sometimes exaggerated, and the pattern of fear mongering is usually one of repetition, in order to continuously reinforce the intended effects of this tactic, sometimes in the form of a vicious circle.[
In the July 14th edition of The Westfield Leader newspaper, reporter Lauren Barr reports that Mayor Skibitsky stated, "if the light were moved to the corner it would have to be a full traffic light that would shine into homes all day and into more than one home." This is not true. Go to the following link to view Traffic Warrant analysis that clearly states in the Conclusion on the third page of the report that a "Pedestrian Signal" is warranted for the intersection of Central Ave. & Clover St. http://07090.blogspot.com/2011/03/hot-topic-central-ave-pedestrian.html
The Mayor is engaging in fear mongering. He knows that some residents do not want a full traffic light at the corner due to the potential threat of "cut-through" traffic down side streets to avoid a traffic signal. What the Mayor fails to admit is that the "HAWK" pedestrian light currently under protest due to it's current location was initially warranted at the intersection of Central Ave. & Clover St.. The use of a Pedestrian Activated light, instead of a conventional traffic light, is to provide pedestrian safety while cutting down the wait time typically experienced by motorists at intersections controlled by a full traffic signal. In fact, the fact of the matter is, the Traffic Warrant Analysis done by Union County's consulting engineering experts, Louis Berger Group, concluded that a Pedestrian Activated light could be installed at the corner.
The city of Tucson, Arizona, where the HAWK Pedestrian Light was introduced, 60 intersections have had the HAWK system installed with a compliance rate of 97% of drivers yielding to pedestrians.
Mayor Skibitsky, tell the truth. Don't criticize Councilman Haas for admitting that his initial backing of this project may have been a mistake. Councilman Haas should be applauded for his honesty. Correcting a mistake is preferred over the continued charade of justifying a mistake made with fear mongering and baseless opinions by a non-expert in the field of traffic safety engineering.