In Tenafly, NJ there is a change taking place for motorists, pedestrians, and the police department. As of April 1, 2010, when the new law takes effect, motorists will have to come to a complete stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk instead of yielding to the pedestrian.
The State of New Jersey has recognized that there are a “disproportionate number of pedestrian injury crashes and fatalities compared to the nation as a whole.”
New Jersey has taken the motto: Pedestrian Safety is a Shared Responsibility. In an effort to inform and education about the new law the Tenafly Police department has used several venues to reach the public. Signs at the crosswalks will now state for motorists to stop. The police officers will be handing out Crosswalk Warning Palm Cards, designed by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, before writing summonses and warnings to motorists and pedestrians. The police are actively involved in getting this information to the 3 groups that are in the most danger: children, seniors, and for people who English is a second language.
To highlight a few basic information and common sense suggestions that is for everyone:
- Motorist – stop, don’t pass another stopped vehicle, and yield to pedestrians in crosswalk
- Pedestrians – cross at corners, look left, right, left, wear reflective clothing, walk facing traffic, obey traffic signals, yield to motorist
There are some special suggestions for children and seniors:
- Children – don’t cross between parked cars
- Seniors – make eye contact with the motorist before crossing
Failure to adhere to the new law will result in fines for motorist and pedestrians. Click to read more about the new laws and fines.
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