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Residents say ‘Enough is enough’

Concerned community marches against unsafe traffic corridors

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30 am

Over the past year, residents, organizations and elected officials have called on the Department of Transportation to improve traffic conditions in Corona.

On Tuesday, residents said “enough is enough” and held a march for pedestrian safety.

The walk, which started at the Langston Hughes Library at 100th Street, traveled down Northern Boulevard and made brief stops on 82nd Street, 37th Avenue and at the post office on 79th Street.

The group, which identifies itself as Three Children Too Many, is seeking stricter enforcement of traffic laws, more slow zones, continued traffic safety education for local youth and other actions to make the streets safer.

“I am so proud of my community for working together towards achieving safer streets for everyone,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras(D-East Elmhurst).

The march comes just one month after 100 residents joined Ferreras for a candle-light prayer vigil in memory of 3-year-old Olvin Jahir Gigueroa, who was hit and killed by a motorist near the intersection of Junction and Northern boulevards in East Elmhurst.

The toddler died in front of his mother, who was walking across the street with him at the time.

The driver, who did stop to transport the family to the hospital, was intoxicated.

“Over the past year, our community has mourned too many lives taken at the hands of drunk and reckless drivers,” Ferreras said in an email to her constituents. “After losing several of our mothers, fathers, friends and children — just like little Olvin — to fatal traffic collisions this year, we simply cannot tolerate to lose one more.”

Similar efforts to improve traffic flow and safety have been made by neighboring Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who recently held a rally against high-speed traffic in Woodside.

Van Bramer’s rally was because of a teenager who was hit on 58th Street late at night. He was found dead by a passerby on the street and the driver is still unknown.

“I stand united with my community in asking for stricter enforcement of traffic laws, more slow zones, continued traffic safety education for our local youth and action facilitators to point us all towards greater safety,” Ferreras said. “I look forward to our continued collaborative efforts, such as holding a safety town hall and establishing a community safety task force.”

The DOT could not be reached for comment though, in the past, officials have said they will look into any areas that the public feels are unsafe.

The agency recently conducted a survey on 58th Street and Woodside before the teen’s death and determined, much to Van Bramer’s dismay, the traffic pattern, light timers and traffic signs did not warrant changes.

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