Ticketing drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians

Stop for Me stop sign

www.pedbikeimages.org / Dan Burden

One way to teach motorists to stop for pedestrians is to enforce the law. That’s just what’s happening in Montclair, as reported ?in the NorthJersey.com?article ‘The worst it has ever been’: Many drivers ticketed for not stopping for pedestrians.

The Atlantic City Press reports similar ignorance of the law by motorists at the Jersey shore.?The Press further reports that a Long Beach Township man seeks to scrap the NJ law.

“The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. Nothing contained herein shall relieve a pedestrian from using due care for his safety.”

excerpted from The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety.
Read more at?The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety

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