Parents and kids march for safer streets in Park Slope.

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Parents And Children March For Safer Streets In Park Slope

March 13, 2018 - 8:09 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Kids and their parents took to the streets in Brooklyn on Monday night, to demand that the city take steps to improve pedestrian safety.

From Prospect Park to 5th Avenue, hundreds marched down 9th Street demanding more be done to make streets safe.

"Do what apparently they did on Queens Boulevard to prevent sort of dangerous crossings," one marcher said.

"A change of people's idea of what's okay, how it's okay to drive in this city," another woman said.

The march stopped at a huge memorial made of candles, flowers, and Teddy bears at the spot where a motorist ran down two young children and put their mothers in the hospital.

A police investigation into the incident is ongoing. The driver, 40-year-old Dorothy Bruns of Staten Island, may have suffered a seizure. Her drivers license was suspended and she faces possible manslaughter charges.

The march continues a grassroots effort to improve traffic safety.

Local officials joined residents for a rally near the scene of the crash on Friday.

"We're just now looking at legislation to make sure the tragedy that happened at 5th Avenue and 9th Street doesn't happen again throughout New York City. No one should have to see their child run over by a car and traumatized," State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn) said.

Among the crowd Friday, was Amy Cohen, the mother of a boy killed by a car in the same neighborhood in 2013.

"Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege and needs to be treated like one, because people operate a multi-ton weapon, and if people are unable to drive that weapon or have been driving dangerously they can not have permission to drive on our streets," Cohen said.

The day after the deadly accident about 100 local residents gathered and chanted 'safe streets now', some of them were carrying signs mocking Vision Zero, as they greeted Mayor Bill de Blasio about a block from where the children were killed.

The mayor stopped and had a lengthy exchange with parent Doug Gordon who demanded a concrete plan.

"I hear the point man, but I also want to say the enforcement has been growing every single year and that's numerical. You can see it. I can show you the facts there has been more enforcement than ever. The speed cameras have had a huge impact, we need a hell of a lot more," he said.

Police in the neighborhood were seen pulling over drivers for speeding and not yielding, the day after the crash.