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Cops ‘Walk the Walk’ for Pedestrians

From the Retrospect (follow up from previous post)

Even though this relates to Collingswood I know Cherry Hill does this and I am not sure about Haddon Twp

Collingswood was the centerpiece for the media rollout of a pedestrian safety program last week, with South Jersey police and state transportation officials taking part.
The program, known as “Cops in Crosswalks,” is a federally funded initiative that funds undercover police officers, posing as pedestrians, in marked crosswalks. Motorists who fail to stop completely for the undercover officers are issued warnings or tickets by uniformed police a short distance away.

Collingswood is one of 13 police departments that has been issued an $8,000 grant for the program, which runs from now through mid-September.
At the heart of the program is a change to a New Jersey law that is designed to give greater protection to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Prior to April, New Jersey motorists were required to simply “yield” to pedestrians in crosswalks. With the change, vehicles must stop and stay stopped until pedestrians have crossed safely.
The law also makes it unlawful for a vehicle to pass or overtake another which is stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross.
Motorists violating the law face a $200 fine, plus court costs, and two additional points on their licenses. They can also be subject to 15 days of community service and insurance surcharges.
Before you say “but what about …” pedestrians who fail to comply with the law face a fine of $54 plus court costs.
Standing before a group of South Jersey police and chiefs on Haddon Ave., Pam Fischer, director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, noted that since 2004, about 150 pedestrians have been killed and 6,000 have been injured annually in traffic-related crashes on Garden State roadways. As of July 12 this year, 70 pedestrians have been killed in motor vehicle-related crashes statewide.
These high rates, she said, are “unacceptable.”
Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley said that his town – like others along busy Haddon Ave. – depends on a reputation for being walkable. “It’s vitally important to the character of our town … that people be able to cross the streets,” he said.
He added that the grant will help Collingswood try to “educate people, to provide enforcement and maintain that pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.”
He was joined by Police Chief Rich Sarlo, who said that while the burden of stopping falls on motorists, pedestrians are also expected to follow the law.
He said that enforcement in Collingswood will likely be undercover officers crossing the street. If motorists don’t stop, the undercover officers will indicate to uniformed police to pull them over nearby. Drivers who don’t comply can be issued summonses or warnings.
“It’s not just summonses,” said Sarlo, “but education


9 Responses

  1. Good idea.

    So many drivers turning right on red just don’t look for pedestrians in the crosswalks.

    Red light comes on, cross walk light comes on. Drivers are in such a hurry to turn right on that red that the poor person stepping off the curb to cross with right-of-way had better be careful.

    crosswalk at cuthbert and whitehorse pike is good example of this

  2. in addition to the crosswalks maybe the police could set up sobriety checkpoints along haddon ave outside cork and pjs.

  3. Nice. Now how about getting rid of the Wawa trash that keeps ending up on Haddon and Cuthbert.

  4. This morning, driving through Collingswood, a woman crossed the road in front of a cop and she wasn’t walking within the crosswalk. She would have had to walk 20 feet to cross legally. Now, why didn’t this cop stop and give her a ticket?

  5. Perhaps the officer should have issue that ticket. Since you were there you could have asked the officer yourself, but instead you elected to throw mud on the internet.

    Be a citizen. If you were there and thought it wrong you have the right to speak up – I’m sure the officer would have appreciated your insightful input.

    • The cop was driving in a car so there was no opportunity to stop and ask him why he didn’t issue a ticket. BTW, who was slinging mud, I simply asked a question.

      I’m sure the officer would have appreciated my insightful input with a STFU.

      • I merely point out that in addition to blogging about it, you have the opportunity to contact the police department at your leisure and raise your concern.

        I have found the officers to be very helpful, and I think you would have been pleasantly surprised by their response. What does STFU mean?

        Commissioner Dougherty oversees the police department of Haddon Township. Perhaps you could ask for his input on this matter regarding Haddon Township policty for jaywalking – I’m sure he would be happy to meet with a citizen and hear your thoughts.

        Universal enforcement of pedestrian locomotion rules could be a real revenue generator, so you may also want to consult with Commssioner Foley.

        Good luck in your civic endeavors

  6. https://sites.google.com/a/haddontwpschools.com/home/home/boe/minutes

    The above page has the minutes posted from the July 2010 BOE meeting – minutes approved at the August 2010 meeting- apparently no residents were able to attend the July meeting – interesting information regarding the monies of Haddon Township BOE education of students.

  7. Has the BOE figured out a way to stop students from defecating in class while under teacher supervision?

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