NEW JERSEY (1010 WINS) – New Jersey’s new road regulations — which require motorists to stop for people in crosswalks – have been in effect for several months but there is still plenty of confusion for both drivers and pedestrians.
Police officers in Hillside went undercover Thursday at a dangerous crosswalk and posed as pedestrians to pull over drivers who failed to stop.
“For the most part about 85 percent of the people totally disregard the pedestrian,” Lt. Michael Catsuta told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.
Dozens of drivers caught in the crackdown had plenty of excuses for officers.
“I just moved here, I don’t know about their laws, I don’t know what’s going on,” one woman said.
“I saw the person, I stopped, but then he stood there, I didn’t think he was going to keep walking,” another said.
Pedestrians are pleased with the stepped up enforcement of the law.
“This is good, it’s better for the kids that are out here all the time, it’s much safer,” one man said.
Those who failed to stop for the decoys were pulled over by uniformed officers to be issued a summons — which resulted in a $200 fine and 2 points.