Friday, December 23, 2011
Cars on sidewalk endangering kids
From Fox 5:
It's a curb-jumping controversy that has parents in an uproar in Queens. After a third grader was nearly hit by a car driving on a sidewalk, parents want it to stop before it's too late.
On 113th Street and 71st Road in Forest Hills, parents say they have an extra worry every time they take their kids to school at P.S. 196: they are concerned about getting hit by cars driving up onto a sidewalk that is a main route for most of the children and that's also used as a driveway and parking lot by cars from the Touro College Graduate School of Education and the Bnos Malka Academy.
We tried to talk with the academy to see what they had to say, but they refused to speak with us. I did speak with the property manager from Touro College, who insisted the sidewalk parking and driving were in compliance with city codes.
We did some checking around with the city. The Department of Transportation referred us to the NYPD.
The NYPD said it is now aware of the situation and will speak with school authorities to rectify the problem.
This is mainly DOB's responsibility. And dollars to donuts, they won't do a thing about it.