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In 2005, TOPP Founder and Executive Director Mark Gorton toured 9th Avenue with Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Association's Christine Berthet to check out pedestrian safety concerns. When they stopped on one corner to examine how gridlock constantly forces pedestrians to dangerously cross around cars and buses stopped in crosswalks, the pleading of Ms. Berthet and the power of the camera became too much for an NYPD officer to ignore. See for yourself.

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:03] Here we go, look at that. Look at this.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:06] Yeah. This street here, look at… I mean this is…</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:07] Come here. Look here. This is what’s going on with the buses. This is what’s going on with the buses. You see that? This is all the way. And here, there’s nowhere to go. So they’re going to be stuck and they are going to block intersection. Oh this one doesn’t, that’s… now, oh, what about the pedestrian? How do you cross? </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:29] Yeah, imagine… look here.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:30] How do you cross? Or this one, run the red light. Did you see that?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:32] Oh yeah. And again it’s sort of like…</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:33] And, and how do we cross?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:34] You have to like look out like dodge…</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:35] How do we cross?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:35] Look at this. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:37] Hello. How do we cross? </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:40] Oh my god, this is like horrifying. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:41] How are we supposed to cross? And you think the cop would give him a ticket? </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:45] Yeah.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:45] No. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:46] Never in a million years. Never in a million years. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:48] Yeah. Officer, are you going to give him a ticket? </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:51] It’s just like… well actually, you can see the walk sign through the bus. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:54] Are you going to get a ticket?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [00:55] Really?</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [00:57] Fantastic. Love you for that. Did you see the other one, he burned the red light. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [01:02] See that’s the power of having a camera here.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Christine Berthet:</i> [01:03] That’s the first time. I mean, you know, I can tell you I’ve not seen that. </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Mark Gorton:</i> [01:06] I swear it’s no accident, we had a camera, that guy saw, boom, I mean maybe he just need… you don’t need traffic cameras, you need people with cameras. </font> <br></p> <a href="http://transcriptdivas.ca/transcription-canada/">Transcript Divas Transcription Canada </a>

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