BROOKLYN - A recent study shows that senior citizens are more likely to get hit and killed by an oncoming car in Brooklyn than in any other borough.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign looked at traffic fatalities from 2003 to 2012, and found that 202 pedestrians over the age of 60 were hit and killed in Brooklyn. In comparison, Staten Island only had 29 during the same period.
Borough President Eric Adams says it's time to make Brooklyn a safer place for seniors to cross the street. Adams says one way to help is by expanding the crossing guard program year-round, and requiring guards to help both children on their way to school and elderly people at some of the most dangerous intersections.
The crossing guard union, Local 372, supports the idea and would like to bring the issue up in its next labor contract. The possibility of an expanded role, however, would be in the hands of the mayor and the police department.
A spokeswoman from the NYPD says it hasn't officially heard from the borough president on this issue yet. The mayor's office did not respond to News 12's request for comment.