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NJ pedestrian law to go into effect

New Jersey drivers are going to face heavier penalties for ignoring pedestrians in crosswalks.

State officials on Wednesday announced toughened laws aimed at pedestrian safety. They say New Jersey’s rate of pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total auto-related deaths is between 20 and 25 percent, about twice the national average.

Beginning April 1, motorists must come to a full stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks. Before, they only had to yield.

Fines will go from $100 to $200 for violations, and violators will get two points on their license.

Attorney General Paula Dow says pedestrians also will face fines for not obeying traffic directions.

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4 Responses

  1. I wonder how many of those pedestrian deaths occurred within the crosswalks? Courier Post had a big write up last year about the police enforcing this, which I’m all for, but here in town, you have people crossing Haddon Ave. when there is a crosswalk 50 ft. away.

  2. So can someone tell me how the pedestrian walk signals on the corner of Haddon and Cuthbert are supposed to work? Sometimes the buttons work, sometimes not. And there isn’t even a button to cross Cuthbert coming from Collingswood on the west-bound side of Haddon.

    • This is a big issue for me and my family. The signal is not “programed” correctly to provide a walking time for pedestrians crossing Cuthbert. We have also noticed that the light at Park and Cuthbert operates that same way. This must be addressed.

  3. Unless Haddon Township is willing to enforce this law it remains a joke. I have been at crosswalks along haddon ave where cars pass over the speed limit and there is no-one there to cite those who violate.

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