In the wake of the tragic accident that claimed the life of eight month old North Bergen resident Angelie Parades, Mayor and State Senator Nick Sacco is outlining a plan that he believes will improve public safety and crack down on jitney buses in Hudson County. Sacco has long been a proponent of increased scrutiny on the commuter vans, which have proliferated in northern Hudson County in the last several years and present many public dangers.
“While they are used by many local residents these buses have been dangerous for years and now we are seeing the consequences of lax regulation and enforcement,” said Sacco. “We must improve public safety by stepping up enforcement, ensuring safe operation of the vehicles and toughening licensing requirements on drivers to make sure that no one with multiple warrants like the driver in the accident is allowed to get behind the wheel.”
Sacco is calling for increased local enforcement of traffic safety laws including speeding, reckless driving and operating a cell phone while driving. He is working in conjunction with North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd to increase enforcement in the township and with Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari to cover county roads like Kennedy Boulevard and Boulevard East. He is also calling on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office to resume its program of bus inspection checkpoints of private commuter vans, which produced results in the past but was discontinued. Finally, Sacco is announcing that he will be exploring legislation in the State Senate to strengthen licensing requirements on commercial bus drivers and has directed his staff to research what can legally be done to prevent drivers with warrants from getting behind the wheel.