Parents Patrolling Montclair Streets To Watch For Wayward Children
MONTCLAIR, NJ (WCBS 880) –Montclair is a quiet, laid-back town but traffic hums along constantly and crosswalks can be a dangerous place.
WCBS 880’s Sean Adams with Councilor Rich Murnick
Recently, a van struck and killed a 60-year-old woman.
In Upper Montclair, parents are starting a rotating patrol to man street corners and keep an eye on children.
“We’ve got so many kids that are from the schools, especially Mount Hebron, that are up around the businesses uptown and we thought that, you know what, maybe we can try to educate them and help them out a little bit more to make things and make the place a little bit safer.”, says Councilor Rich Murnick.
Murnick himself plans to monitor busy Bellevue Avenue.
“You’ll see me up on the corner on Friday afternoons. My office is right up there and, again, I’ll spend a couple of hours outside just making sure that people are safe,” says Murnick. I happen to know quite a few of the kids… They’re not going to cross in the wrong place in front of me, I can tell you.”
Children will be reminded to look both ways, pay attention, and not to walk while texting.
Murnick says, “If we save that one child from crossing the street at the wrong time or we save that one person from running out in the middle of the street to go see a friend or get a ball or something, then we’ve done our job.”