Can we have a frank chat about driving around town lately? As in how bad it is?

Driving around Toms River lately...what gives???

Over the past few weeks, it has become very obvious to many of my inner circle of friends that traffic and accidents around Toms River is at an all-time high right now.  Every time I get in my car, I am either witnessing an accident or nearly getting into one, and I know that I'm not the only one.  I know I'm not being dramatic.  My one good friend was rear-ended TWICE in one night.  My mother was rear-ended last week and felt so terribly for the woman who hit her that she just told her to go home (woman and family had lost her home in Sandy, child in hospital)...another friend was in a multi-car collision with air bags deployed.  This is just my small circle.  And when we all say..."hey, have you noticed how BAD it is out there" with traffic everyone is coming up with war stories of their own and jam-ups. No end.  What is happening???

No doubt this has a lot to do with the stress many people have post-Sandy...many have lost a lot or are displaced...distracted.  Volume on our roads is at an all-time high due to extra people in town.  And lets not forget we're about to hit Thanksgiving...and then Christmas.  All of this is beyond our collective control.

The reason I went through the pain of posting this is not to complain, but to simply put it out there that given what we're seeing and what we have experienced the past few weeks...take a deep breath and please do your best to pay attention while driving out there.  We all want to get to the holidays and beyond in one piece and work to recover what we've lost.  No need to add to the mess we're already working to clean up.  Heads up, people!!!  At least have the presence of mind while driving if you can.  Be aware...and my own advice, shop online this season!  I'm not leaving this house unless I have to!

Happy Thanksgiving, Toms River!  We have lots to be thankful for...what a great community we have.  Stay safe!


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Flygrl November 27, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Yes..I agree Erin. Seems that everyone in a post traumatic state. I have also witnessed accidents & know a few people that have had them. We still have repairs & signs of trees still down and there has been so much displacement. Seems to have done a job on everyone's nerves. Lets hope that all can start to feel we are survivors. And strong. Rebuilding takes time and cautious planning. Best of Holidays everyone..
SL November 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Lately? While I may be a relatively young resident (27) living in Toms River, and aside from the four years while I was away at my university, I've always felt it's been that way around here. And I've spent lots of time in NYC and went to school in Philadelphia, so I know what bad driving looks like.
copperpot November 27, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The storm sent many residents living on the barrier island to toms river. The town has more people. Combine that with the stress, the time change, and the holiday season. It is here to stay. Just have to be safe and cautious out there. It doesn't look lilke it is going to change any time soon.
Ray C. November 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
There's also a fair amount of potholes, along with tree debris on the side of the road. Add in the extra congestion from the barrier island residents, the out-of-state utility repairmen (though I'm glad they're here!), the out-of-time charity workers (ditto!), and the fact that congestion was already crazy pre-Sandy, and it's just a big clog out there. Be careful, be alert, get off the cell, and stay safe.
~Barb~ November 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
...and it's all compounded when people speed and drive recklessly all becuase they failed to plan ahead and leave a little earlier than usual.
Sue November 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Sightseers driving around looking at damaged neighborhoods, metal scavengers grabbing curbside appliances, out-of state utility workers and aid volunteers, garbage collection crews, displaced barrier-islanders, relatives and friends, etc. Some go slow to gawk, and some go fast out of frustration with the slowpokes. Too many are talking or texting as they drive.
BN November 29, 2012 at 09:29 PM
5-car pileup today (11/29) where Hooper Ave. becomes Brick Blvd. Another 2 car crash a block away on Hooper northbound by Kettle Creek Rd. Traffic was backed up all the way to Bay Ave. in TR. People drive like schmucks.
Martin November 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Widen that bottleneck already! It's bad even in normal times, with the college, countless strip malls, thousands of homes and 2 major malls drawing traffic there daily. It's the area's worst driving nightmare.
copperpot November 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
i've noticed after 2pm it backs up. I think it is everyone leaving the barrier island before 3. Fischer than hooper get backed up for hours after that. Combine that with the college and holiday shoppers, becareful, stay off the roads then if you can. I went from walnut street to silver bay road yesterday and it took me 42 minutes.
Christine November 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I have noticed an unusual amount of out of state plates the past several weeks as well. Witnessed many trying to make left hand turns along 37. Culmination of the additional residents from the barriers, volunteer workers from all over, secondary homeowners trying to get in and work on their homes, construction crews from all over the state now working here as well as people from other states flooding in looking for work? You have to put on your "summer driving" mind set and take a deep breath, pay attention and leave plenty of room between you and the others. Be safe =)
Christine November 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
oh I forgot to mention one more group thats causing major traffic issues.... every single state and local politician, and/or official, swooping in for photo ops.
~Barb~ November 30, 2012 at 07:50 PM
You're spot on about the illegal left turns. Sad thing is some of these out of state trucks are the worse offenders. They're here to help but a small minority are causing accidents.
BN December 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Come on editors, get off you butts and delete this crap!


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