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October 2021 Newtown Township Police Report: Deer & Pedestrian Strikes!

At the November 10, 2021, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting, Police Chief John Hearn gave his October 2021 Police Report.

The Chief highlighted several items including the high number of deer struck by cars and gave some details regarding an October 22, 2021, serious accident involving a pedestrian near the North Sycamore Street/Silo Drive Intersection.

Supervisor John Mack pointed out that there have been a number of accidents involving pedestrians at this location (read, for example, “Silo Drive & North Sycamore: A Dangerous Intersection in Newtown Township!”.

It was the Chief's opinion that speeding was not a major factor, it was more about distracted drivers and pedestrians not using the crosswalk.

Mr. Mack asked the Chief if he had any ideas for making this intersection safer such as using yellow warning lights. The Chief pointed out problems with that and suggested that education is needed and that perhaps flyers could be posted in local businesses. He also said he would be meeting with Bucks County traffic officials to see if they had further ideas.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

Education is important, but I also think adding pedestrian crossing lights - such as blinking warning yellow lights - along with other measures could improve driver and pedestrian safety at the Silo Dr/N. Sycamore St intersection. Yes, this would be a township expense and require maintenance, but isn't the health and safety of residents of Newtown, who pay taxes, worth it?



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