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South Jersey cops to target crosswalk violators

From the Courier Post

While this is not in Haddon Twp (yet) all drivers should be aware.

CHERRY HILL — Motorists found out the hard way Thursday that the man in jeans and a gray short-sleeve shirt walking back and forth across Chapel Avenue was no regular pedestrian.

It was undercover Cherry Hill police officer Ronald Harrison and he was targeting drivers who broke the state’s crosswalk law by not yielding as he crossed the street

Thursday’s scene across from Cherry Hill High School West is set to play out across South Jersey in the upcoming weeks as part of a “Cops in the Crosswalks” initiative aimed at bringing attention to the state’s deadly roadways.

Motorists who don’t yield are faced with a $100 fine, plus court costs and fees and two points on their driving record. Cherry Hill Police Chief Charlie Jones said the undercover operations will be carried out Monday to Sept. 13. Burlington City, Collingswood, Pennsauken and Rowan University police also are participating in the tri-county area.

“It is time for our crosswalks in New Jersey to be safety zones, not war zones,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer at a news conference Thursday announcing the initiative.

By Wednesday, 103 pedestrians had been killed on roads across the state, compared to 79 pedestrians at that time last year. By year’s end in 2008 the total was 138, down from 150 in 2007 and 164 in 2006.

 “We’re committed to reversing this troubling trend,” Fischer said of the increase in deaths so far this year. 

 At Thursday’s sting, Harrison waited on the sidewalk and then entered the crosswalk as a car approached. Drivers that maneuvered around him without stopping were flagged down farther down the road and given a warning or ticket.

In about a half hour, a dozen cars were pulled over, sometimes as many as three at a time.

Thursday’s operation angered area resident Edward Grabosky, who said his father was given a fine.

“It just seems harsh to me,” he said. “It just seems that they are stopping people for no reason at all.”

Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians as soon as they place one foot into a crosswalk, Fisher said.

Police officers will also be on the lookout for jaywalkers and pedestrians who cross unsafely, she said.

Diana Lagarez clutched her 4-year-old daughter Charlize’s hand as they crossed Haddon Avenue in Collingswood Thursday afternoon.

Lagarez, of Collingswood, said the busy roadway is worst during the weekdays as motorists are hurrying to work.

On the weekends, traffic is slower and crossing the street is easier.

“Overall I don’t think it’s too bad,” she said.

Jennifer Buzzelli, also of Collingswood, said she uses precaution when crossing streets in the downtown area.

“The majority of people do slow down and stop but you have to inch your way out and then step,” she said.

Through the initiative, which started in North Jersey last year, 17 police agencies in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties will receive a $4,000 federal grant for the increased enforcement.

Jones said there have been two pedestrian fatalities this year.

Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt called the deaths “unacceptable.”

“The fact that we have been faced with multiple incidents involving pedestrians means we need to take serious action,” he said.

Police officers will also be on the lookout for jaywalkers and pedestrians who cross unsafely, she said

Diana Lagarez clutched her 4-year-old daughter Charlize’s hand as they crossed Haddon Avenue in Collingswood Thursday afternoon

Lagarez, of Collingswood, said the busy roadway is worst during the weekdays as motorists are hurrying to work.

On the weekends, traffic is slower and crossing the street is easier.

“Overall I don’t think it’s too bad,” she said.

Jennifer Buzzelli, also of Collingswood, said she uses precaution when crossing streets in the downtown area.

“The majority of people do slow down and stop but you have to inch your way out and then step,” she said.

Through the initiative, which started in North Jersey last year, 17 police agencies in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties will receive a $4,000 federal grant for the increased enforcement.

Jones said there have been two pedestrian fatalities this year.

Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt called the deaths “unacceptable.”

“The fact that we have been faced with multiple incidents involving pedestrians means we need to take serious action,” he said

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4 Responses

  1. Good.

  2. they have been out in collingswood for a few days now

  3. I agree that this is a good thing. I can think of several times when I have stopped only to hear a screech behind me on Haddon Ave. I wish Haddon Twp would do this on Cuthbert Blvd which is very heavily trafficked as well.

  4. maybe we can get the speed limits enforced too?
    people in this down zoom along residential streets at 40+ mph.

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