The street is nicknamed “Avenue of Death” for a reason; Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has been home to nine pedestrian deaths from 2006-2008 and more than 600 accidents occurred. The culprit? Speed.
Kids from PS 261 have been clocking drivers in a Department of Transportation awareness and enforcement campaign. Drivers are surprised by police officers hidden in back of bushes around the side of a blind curve. But who could keep driving like a maniac when there are 10 year old kids, in plain sight, pointing a gun at you?
Of course the kids are doing this to save themselves more than the speedy drivers. But this effort raises an important point. In the vehicle we are all in control. When people are peaking up over 50 miles per hour behind their smart phone will passing a primary school that’s bad. However the fact that these careful, three and a half foot commuters could still fall victim to someone’s recklessness when they are speeding means something has got to change.
The DOT is lobbying to reduce the speed around schools to 20-25 mph. In the meanwhile, it could be these speed gun toting enforcers who crack the whip the loudest in their renegade enforcement campaign.