When reminded that the stretch of roadway, where Mayor Skibitsky and his "puppets" approved the placement of the HAWK pedestrian crossing on Central Ave., has yielded a significant increase in motor vehicle accidents, Skibitsky gave his generic response indicating that the light works. He refused to address the fact of the matter which is that in the 3 years since the installation of the HAWK pedestrian crossing, there have been 17 motor vehicles accidents, of which 16 have been documented by the Westfield Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau.
These accidents occurred on the same 113 foot stretch of roadway on Central Ave. between the Hawk light and Clover St. that yielded only 9 accidents in the eight year period before the HAWK installation.
Common sense reveals an obvious safety issue; an issue addressed by Westfield's traffic safety consulting engineer Gordon Meth who in a 2005 traffic safety engineering report recommended a traffic light at the intersection of Central Ave. & Clover St. to solve not one, but two safety issues. Meth's report recommended solutions that would provide a safe crossing for pedestrians while addressing the issue of accidents involving vehicles turning left off of Central Ave. on to Clover St.
A logic professor, Skibitsky is not.
Over the past 3 years, Skibitsky has gone from "The light is in the safest location," to "The light works." What will be Skibitsky's response be 3 years from now, should he be re-elected Mayor of Westfield.........."I made a mistake?" Never.