Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jewish Community Council of Sullivan County urges summer residents to slow down 

Signs in both English and Yiddish are cropping up in high traffic areas of Sullivan County urging summer residents to slow down and respect their fellow drivers.

The signs are aimed at the thousands of summer guests who converge on the county and bring with them their metropolitan New York driving habits.

To counter those habits, the Jewish Community Council of Sullivan County has launched a new initiative with signs placed in and around Monticello, Woodridge, Liberty, Fallsburg, Thompson, and Bethel.

"Being on vacation from New York City is not a license to drive recklessly or without courtesy to others," said Moishe Grunhut, president of the community council.

Fallsburg Town Supervisor Steven Vegliante welcomed the new signs. "Our population in the Town of Fallsburg explodes during the summer months, which leads to traffic congestion and serious accidents on our roads," Vegliante said. "This new safety effort is a good way of getting out the message that summer residents, and year round residents too, should drive defensively and with courtesy toward others."

Bethel Town Supervisor Dan Sturm said the signs are a good messaging tool to get out the word to slow down and drive safely.

A goal of the community council effort is to serve as a bridge between the Orthodox and Hasidic communities, maintaining productive dialogue, encouraging understanding and networking, and resolving issues that may arise from between the two religious communities and local residents, community council officials said.

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