Crosswalk Crackdown In New Jersey

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.

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A police officer issues a motorist a summons in Hillside, NJ (Photo/Steve Sandberg)

Police officers in Hillside went undercover Thursday at a dangerous crosswalk and posed as pedestrians to pull over drivers who failed to stop.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“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.

  • JerseyDriver

    The economy sucks! And that means townships and municipalities everywhere are looking for ways to fill depleted coffers. So yes, there’s no doubt that traffic fines are going to be jacked up to previously unheard of levels.
    Clearly, this is still a relatively new regulation–“…have been in effect for several months…”–but we all know that ignorance of the law cannot be used as an excuse.
    So unless you can afford the fines (which seems to be the case with many drivers of Bimmers and Benzes), I would recommend you do what I do; leave early, do not speed, do not tailgate, do not run lights, and actually stop at the stop signs; because I for one, absolutely cannot afford the fines, whatever they may be now, the accompany these violations.

  • Deke

    jay walking n. walking across a street outside of marked cross-walks and not at a corner, and/or against a signal light. If there is vehicle traffic or clear markings of a place to cross, this is a traffic misdemeanor subject to fine, and may be (but not conclusively) contributory negligence in the event of injury to the jay walker by a vehicle. You know now.

  • Westwood

    BA, you have got to be kidding $60!! What price do you put on a pedestrian being hit?

  • Carol Pennacchi

    If this law is for drivers, then why did I get a summons for crossing route 9 when no cars were coming. The officer asked me for ID without telling me why until he issued me a summons for J-walking. He could of at least warned me not to cross until you see the “Green” hand. I didn’t know you can get a summons for $54.00 for crossing the street.

  • DG

    Good. Just another example in our society where people just think they are more important than everyone else. I wish they could have been fined $2000 and lose their license for 6 months!

  • ansar

    Another legal way to make money for the twp.

  • BA

    Does $200 seem crazy high. I could understand $60 at most.

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