Chief of Police Keith Bendul recently spoke to the Main Street Club at the Fort Lee Senior Center about pedestrian safety.
Bendul, noting the continued problem with accidents involving pedestrians over the course of the past year, talked to the seniors about the need for awareness and crossing the street safely.
Bendul has discussed initiatives to help raise awareness on pedestrian safety, such as distributing reusable bags and other items outfitted with reflective tape that will help make pedestrians visible to drivers at night.
Mayor Mark Sokolich mentioned some of these initiatives during last week's Mayor and Council work session. He said that he would even help to hand out these items in an effort to raise awareness among pedestrians.
"I'll go to bus stops and hand them (these items) out," Sokolich said when talking about raising awareness about pedestrian safety.
Sokolich also said that given the rise in pedestrian motor vehicle accidents, he is prepared to start another ticket writing campaign. "People seem to listen and pay attention to that," he said.
In getting the message out to the community, Bendul will also be speaking to the residents at Century Tower on Parker Avenue Tuesday evening at 8:30 pm. The focus of the discussion will be on the dangerous crosswalks in and around the building.