Safety measures for a deadly Williamsburg street
by Andrew Shilling
Nov 13, 2013 | 753 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Newly installed traffic light on Hooper and Kent avenues
Newly installed traffic light on Hooper and Kent avenues
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It has been nearly six months since the horrific hit-and-run accident on Kent Avenue that killed a pregnant woman and her husband and sent Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community in to mourning.

Raizel and husband Nachman Glauber were killed by a northbound-traveling BMW on Kent Avenue, that police said was traveling at nearly 60 mph.

In response, the Department of Transportation installed traffic lights at Wilson and Hooper streets last week in an effort to slow traffic.

“I know the neighborhood very well, and on that strip that you could do 60 to 70 miles an hour on a straightaway,” said Rabbi Meyer Berger, a close friend of the Glauber family. “This light will definitely save lives.”

Berger said he hopes in the future DOT will make streets safer before accidents occur.

“Sometimes the city is waiting for a tragedy before taking important measures,” Berger said. “It would be even better if they could take measures before there is any tragedy.”

Councilman Stephen Levin advocated for the lights following the accident, and said the avenue was long overdue for traffic-calming measures.

“Speeding on Kent Avenue has been rampant for too long, threatening the safety of our community and even taking the lives of a young family,” Levin said. “By installing traffic signals, we will reduce speeding and improve safety along Kent Avenue.”

A DOT spokesperson said there were no requests for traffic-calming measures at the intersection prior to the March 2013 fatalities, but that residents should submit dangerous intersections for review.

“Safety is our number one priority,” said the spokesperson. “We are always willing to work with the local community on traffic safety matters.”

The spokesperson also noted that there had been no fatalities along Kent Avenue, between Clymer and Williamsburg streets between 2007 and 2011, and that traffic fatalities were down 30 percent over the last decade.

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