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Children threatened in New Jersey

March 23, 2009 3:19:25 PM PDT
Threats have been made against small children in New Jersey because of their father's anti-crime crusade. Richard Young has written the mayor, called the police and even videotaped traffic offenders himself, because of what he calls reckless driving in front of his home.

Now, he says someone is getting back at him by threatening his kids.

The devoted father is a divorced dad who watches his two young sons all week at home and videotapes insane driving just off his doorstep. Somebody doesn't like it and left him a threatening message Tuesday night.

"I got a note, 'Stop or else think about your kids!'" he said. "It doesn't scare me. I'm not going to be intimidated by anybody."

Young has collected hundreds of signatures from neighbors trying to fight the changes the state made because of construction nearby. They turned a one-way street into a two-way down to Routes 1 and 9, and they switched the direction of another one-way street.

His tapes tell the story. It is a 25 mile-per-hour zone, but people fly by, running stop signs all the time and constantly going the wrong way down the street. It is clearly posted that there are not supposed to be any trucks or buses, but he recorded a NJ Transit bus driver not only taking the street, but losing control and hitting the median.

And then the note came. Young may not be afraid, but his neighbors are.

"Help the situation," neighbor Edna Columbo said. "Don't do something like that to someone who's trying to help the situation."

"This is a tragedy waiting to happen," neighbor Christina Veintimilla said.

"I'm worried about a child getting hit," Young said. "An adult can get out of the way, but a kid, they're going to wait until, God forbid, a kid gets killed before they do anything."

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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