Presentation preaches pedestrian safety in Kulpmont
KULPMONT - Borough police chief Mike Pitcavage and Robert Schaeffer, of Pottsville, a traffic safety coordinator of the North Central Highway Safety Network, presented a detailed program Thursday on pedestrian safety at the Kulpmont Senior Action Center.
The program centered on a Powerpoint presentation. A safety demonstration on one of Kulpmont's street corners was canceled due to rain.
Officials continue to address concerns about pedestrian safety on Chestnut Street (Route 61) through the borough. Crossing the busy thoroughfare is difficult because motorists ignore pedestrian crosswalks and speed limits, officials have said. Pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street is a practice that adds to the problem.
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 have been fatal.
A motorist can be fined $50 and have two points put on his or her licenses for violations of the crosswalk law.