Kulpmont, NCHSN planning pedestrian safety program
KULPMONT - Borough officials and the North Central Highway Safety Network (NCHSN) will host a presentation on pedestrian safety June 19.
The program will start at noon at the Kulpmont Senior Action on first floor of Kulpmont Borough Hall at Ninth and Spruce streets.
For Kulpmont, the problem is the main thoroughfare, Chestnut Street, is also State Route 61. Kulpmont Borough Councilmember Stephanie Niglio, the chair of the program, said motorists do not yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
"We also have issues with some of the pedestrians crossing in the middle of the streets and not at the crosswalks. Hopefully, people will learn about pedestrian safety through this program," Niglio said.
According to statistics provided by the North Central Highway Safety Network, Northumberland County has seen 79 pedestrian accidents in the last five years; five of them were fatal.
"We live in a town with a large population of seniors, and now with summer coming, the children are out of school, so motorists will need to be even more aware," Niglio said.
The program will feature a powerpoint presentation by Bob Schaeffer, traffic safety coordinator for the highway safety network, and a presentation by Kulpmont Police Chief Michael Pitcavage, discussing enforcement topics and speed changes.
"Motorists have to realize that if you are caught not stopping while a pedestrian is in the crosswalk, it will be a $50 fine and two points onto your license," Pitcavage said. "Those are the points we want to stress, so that we can keep everyone safe."
Bill 95 will also be in attendance with several giveaways and door prizes.
"I hope to get a big attendance for this program and we can get the message across that people live in this town and motorists should be aware of them," Niglio said.