NJ Police Crack Down On Drivers Breaking Crosswalk Laws

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — For those who are both drivers and pedestrians, rules regarding yielding to those walking across the street are like a double-edged sword.

Following nearly 100 pedestrian deaths on roads in New Jersey last year and 81 so far this year, law enforcement officials have been cracking down on violations of pedestrian laws.

That crackdown includes placing undercover police officers at intersections to ensure drivers come to a stop at crosswalks.

I mean it’s kind of funny, because when you’re driving you don’t like pedestrians, and then when you’re a pedestrian you don’t like drivers, Candace in New Brunswick told WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron.

But still, she believes that enforcing the state’s pedestrian laws is a good idea.

“I’ve seen some close calls and it is pretty scary,” she said.

Others don’t always leave it up to the driver to make the right decision.

“I take it upon myself to make sure I follow mom’s advice and look both ways before I cross,” Michelle in New Brunswick told Waldron.

According to NJ.com, last Thursday, police in Hillside issued about 60 tickets during a morning crackdown on violators using undercover officers and an additional 40 tickets were handed out that same afternoon.

  • Greg

    I drive in NYC alot for work and the pedestrians there think they Always have the right of way- failing to obey crosswalk signs. Even if you cant read english, im sure they know the difference between a red hand tellinng them to stop and a white hand telling them its ok to cross the street, but it seems most dont give a crap and are almost challening cars/trucks/buses to hit them. Seems like its a cat and mouse game for some of them- which i think is pretty stupid to risk serious injury over.

  • robert0259

    The new laws regarding pedestrians are a joke. I drive a bus, and you wouldn’t believe how many people just step off without looking…like they’re teflon or something. People need to think about what they’re doing…it isn’t like you can stop a 35,000 lbs. bus on a dime.

  • Hornet Montana

    How about stating WHAT the major violations are?

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