‘Stop the Rush’ Campaign Launched After Fatal Crash Involving BP Driver Who Ran Red Light

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BROOKLYN (VINnews) — Hatzolah of Boro Park has launched a new campaign designed to prevent car crashes by urging drivers to obey the law.

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The campaign comes after a stunning piece of data was released – claiming 52 Boro Park drivers blew through red lights on just one Erev Shabbos. Posters have been plastered throughout the neighborhood, emphasizing the shocking statistic, and urging drivers to slow down.

The ‘Stop the Rush’ initiative implores drivers to follow the rules of the road, including not speeding and not running red lights.

In recent weeks, more than one tragic car crash has taken place, including at least one deadly crash which reportedly involved a car running a red light.

The new initiative urges drivers to follow the law – especially on Friday afternoon.

“Safety doesn’t stop before the zman – no matter what time Shabbos starts,” the flyer reads. “Join us in a Boro Park effort to keep our children and community safe by following traffic laws, driving within city speed limits, and obeying road rules. Keep Boro Park safe.”

The flyer adds, “How much grief can we prevent?”

In reference to the campaign, a senior Hatzalah official was quoted as saying, “We turn to the Boro Park community with the following plea: It doesn’t care what time of the week or day…V’nishmartem Me’od l’nafshoseichem applies always, at all times.”

The campaign comes just weeks after the tragic petirah of 23-year-old Chaim Bloom z”l, a newlywed who was sadly niftar on Erev Pesach after being struck when two vehicles rushing to beat the z’man collided and wound up on a sidewalk. One vehicle reportedly ran a red light at 13th Avenue and 50th Street and collided with the other, knocking one of the cars into Bloom.

Although it has not been confirmed, it appears that the catalyst for the new campaign may have been that tragic crash and petirah.

In March, a horrific crash took place, and one of the vehicles involved had run multiple red lights. In the video below, the car can be seen moments before the crash, narrowly avoiding cars as it sped through a red light at a busy intersection.


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AyidWithaHeart
AyidWithaHeart
1 year ago

please start a campaign for all kids,teenagers,adults who ride electric scooters without a helmet. Also they do NOT wait for traffic light or pedestrian crossing.
I am sure Hatzalah knows how many injuries happen because they are the ones who run to treat the injured. This 13th avenue speedway needs more Police enforcement especially erev shabbos. Just let them put undercover cops and see how fast running red lights will stop….

Yanky
Yanky
1 year ago

What about the other 5 days a week? The motor vehicle lawlessness in Boro Park has gone on unimpeded for years. If there were to be a crackdown on these law breakers there would be cries of anti Semitism.

BP driver
BP driver
1 year ago

The yeshiva bus drivers are the most dangerous and they have kids on board !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alsssi
Alsssi
1 year ago

Many people of boro park drive insane let’s start from the drivers.

A concerned yid
A concerned yid
1 year ago

I hope it helps. I wish there would be traffic police on every corner in bp. It’s almost impossible to cross at some intersections, since many drivers seem to think they’re on a highway.

Drive safe
Drive safe
1 year ago

The former Belze Rebbe R’ Aaron z”l said for someone who asked for a Shemirah on the road – that he should follow the driving laws as if it was the Aseres Hadibros!!

Jay
Jay
1 year ago

ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשותיכם is a Jewish law and that also means speeding, reckless driving, etc. So I’m not sure why where the hatred comes in right now. Anyway, folks to have to slow down whether it’s in Boro Park, NYC, and beyond.

Just Sayin
Just Sayin
1 year ago

I read your post with utter disbelief. Where is the secular world you speak so highly about when it comes to drugs, gun violence, robberies, larceny, theft, etc. ? Are these laws not made to protect humanity? Why does the secular world not follow them?

These crimes are unheard of in the Charedi world.

Yet, you pounce on a bad habit, albeit a bad one, and proclaim to the world that Chareidim trounce all laws of the land.

Shame on you, typical leftist hypocrite!

Barry
Barry
1 year ago

The posted video has absolutely nothing do with shabbos….

Chan
Chan
1 year ago

How about installing red light cameras on every corner

Emes
Emes
1 year ago

Why is there such a sense of entitlement in our community when it comes to not following laws, rules, and regulations?

Been there and survived
Been there and survived
1 year ago

It’s not any better in lakewood
Interesting that the two largest frum communities have same problem. But it’s decades old

Liam K. Nuj
Liam K. Nuj
1 year ago

How about now trying to observe the “Chareidi Olam” with your eyes actually open and not focused on whatever it is in your hateful heart.

Arnold
Arnold
1 year ago

The trolly was how we got around when I was a young whippersnapper.

kiddush MACALLAN macher
kiddush MACALLAN macher
1 year ago

The govt only cares about school zone nonsense entire ocean pkwy is a parking lot and is a cash cow, but the side streets frum people doing 50 mph is the real danger for kids. Its a sad weakness of frum people and young bochrim and girls to be reckless in a rush everyone texting nobody driving defensive anymore in this generation, but yes riving is getting very challenging in flatbush and boropark cant see by stop signs so mant illegal parked cars by no standing, so many scooters, bikes delivery uber eats uber drivers, as im trying to parellel park a delivery scooter is trying to sneak in its really wild in streets.somehow when a yid gets in a car he acts like a cowboy with a gun, ive seen rabbonim and choshova people drive like animals. maybe its the halacha that erev shabbos if you damage someone your off hook? It used to be pre-covid that a decent chance you get ticketed for pump no standing now it went the other extreme , very rarely are they giving tickets for pumps , no standing, just altenate fake street cleaning another cash cow for city.cash is king and safety comes last.

judith
judith
1 year ago

Of course getting home in time for shabbos is more important than not killing someone

Musmuch
Musmuch
1 year ago

If it’s being done “L”Kavod Shabbos” I don’t see a problem. (Shiluach Mitzvah aino nezakin)