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Has Route 37 Become Too Dangerous?

Your thoughts on the major roadway

Route 37 is again in the headlines for a fatality. Last week, a pedestrian was crossing the major road at its Pelican Island section, leading into Seaside. This weekend, on its westernmost stretch near the traffic circle with Route 70, a of a 17 year old Jackson student, with passengers from each vehicle in the two-car crash hospitalized.

It begs the question: how dangerous is Route 37? With multiple lanes of traffic, jughandles, pedestrian crosswalks, Parkway entrance and exits, the roadway also manages to stretch through multiple towns.

It's longest stretch, however, is in Toms River, where Route 37 is home to local and national businesses running the gamut of retail and services. And if you want to take a trip from the township's northernmost to southernmost point, chances are you are crossing Route 37.

Clearly, it's an essential road. But these days, how safe is it?

Do you feel there is a spot where speeding is a culprit, or where it's impossible to change lanes? Is it less safe a particular time of year, or time of the week?

We want to know your thoughts. It's our Question of the Day.

want2say May 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
@Gracie is right -- people do not seem to know that YIELD means to yield (stop, wait if necessary) as the oncoming traffic ha the RIGHT OF WAY. Perhaps they should print those three words on the yield signs again! @Gino De Lucia is right as well -- the area of 37 at walmart's light is atrocious!!! Left turn arrows SHOULD be used. No need to spend the money making jughandles. NO JUGHANDLES, just install left turn arrows for all four directions. It works quite well in other places!
barbara May 28, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Totally agree about Yield signs. Can't count how many times I've been beeped at because I am waiting to enter the roadway at a yield. (and I'm not someone who sits forever just because).Maybe there should be some Public Service Announcements going over rules of the road. Just to refresh them in peoples' minds. Another rule that could use refreshing is the "signal" rule. I have never seen so many change lanes, turn, etc. all without benefit of the turn signal. This is not an inconvenience; this is a safety feature. Please use signals.
Gino De Lucia June 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Notice to all you morons that are yapping & texting while driving: STOP! You are endangering my life, yours, & the lives of others! Notice to the local & State Police Departments: Please help to save lives by ENFORCING THE LAWS that pertain to the use of cell phones while driving!
jerseyyyy July 03, 2012 at 04:35 AM
If people learned how to drive this wouldnt even be a topic of discussion. Put your cellphones down and pay attention to your driving.
. July 03, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Actually, only about 18% of Toms River's population are seniors according to the last census. I think poor traffic patterns in the area are more to blame than the seniors,.


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