Count Cars Breaking the Law in Prospect Park!
Almost every time Doug Gordon visits Prospect Park he sees vehicles entering illegally after it is closed to cars at 7 pm. It made him mad, so he got out his video camera.
StreetFilms obtained the footage he took on June 20th near the 3rd Street/P'Park West entrance and truncated it into this enlightening bit. Count along as dozens of drivers break the law!
We think Doug is awesome and we whole-heartedly encourage more concerned citizens to act constructively to highlight what is going on in their community.
Doug Gordon: [00:00] The park should be closed to traffic any minute now, and I’m out here trying to see how long it’s going to take before someone from the Parks Department or the Police Department, basically whoever’s in charge of closing these gates around the park gets over here to 3rd Street. As you can see a lot of bikes are making their way around the park. Cars are still in the park. So we’re just going to hang out.
Doug Gordon: [00:37] And that’s ten.
Doug Gordon: [00:45] We’re about five or six minutes past seven o’clock, and that might not seem like a giant amount of time, but considering the sun is already going down and the limited amount of time that people have to use the park after work, those five minutes can mean a big deal to a runner, a biker, anyone just going for a stroll, kids on their bikes. Now we can make an exception obviously for the police or any service vehicles, but this guy really doesn’t have much of an excuse.
Doug Gordon: [01:14] The problem seems to be that if it’s open people will use it. Either they just don’t know the park hours or they don’t care.
Doug Gordon: [01:25] That guy had the walk signal, it didn’t matter. Well I’ve lost count but we definitely have to be over 30 by this point.
Doug Gordon: [01:39] Yeah, I’m actually shooting something to track all of the cars.
Speaker: [01:43] Look at this, you got parents with kids that are here trying to ride safely.
Doug Gordon: [01:49] I was waiting to see how long it would take for someone to come around and do this. Yeah, someone official from the park but I guess it takes people like us to just shut it down.
Doug Gordon: [02:07] This person’s going to make a decision, cos we haven’t closed it all the way. But they’re going to go through anyway.
Doug Gordon: [02:22]
So this is the official park van and it’s quarter after. And
you can’t really blame these people because the park probably only
provides one van to go around and close all of the exits.