you for visiting the Division of Highway Traffic
Safety’s website. Charged with ensuring
the safety of all who use our roadways, the
Division sponsors comprehensive public education
and awareness campaigns, as well as law enforcement
initiatives to address a broad array of traffic
the arrival of spring, motorists often find
themselves sharing the road not only with more
vehicles, but more pedestrians, too. While walking
is a great activity, particularly during the
warm weather months, it can also be dangerous.
Since 2004, approximately 150 pedestrians have
been killed annually in traffic-related crashes
on New Jersey roadways. In 2009, after a three-year
downward trend, the number of pedestrian deaths
statewide increased to 157. As of April 6 of
this year, 30 pedestrians have been killed in
motor vehicle-related crashes statewide, as
compared to 51 for the same time period last
year. Additionally, since 2004, more than 30,000
pedestrians have been injured in motor-vehicle
related crashes statewide.
the numbers are once again moving in the right
direction, even one life lost is one too many.
To further help ensure the safety of all who
use our transportation system, a new law, effective
April 1, now requires motorists to stop -- and
remain stopped -- for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Prior to this legislative change, motorists
were required to yield to pedestrians in the
The first change to the pedestrian law in nearly
50 years, this new law clarifies the responsibilities
of both motorists and pedestrians. With this
new law in place, the Division’s will
be working to reinforce the importance of pedestrians
always using crosswalks, their safety zone,
as well as helping motorists recognize that
when approaching crosswalks they must be alert
for pedestrians and stop and stay stopped to
allow them to cross safely.
violating the new law face a $200 fine, plus
court costs, and two points on their license.
They can also be subject to 15 days of community
service and insurance surcharges. Pedestrians
may also be cited under state law for failing
to use due care when crossing. The law requires
them to obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks
at signalized intersections as well as yield
the right of way to traffic if they are not
crossing within a crosswalk or at an intersection.
Failure to comply with the law carries a $54
fine, plus court costs.
educate motorists and pedestrians about the
new law, the Division has developed an oversized
palm card, similar in size to a traffic ticket
that outlines the changes as well as the penalties
for failing to comply. The card is being distributed
to all police departments in the state, and
is available to high school driver education
teachers and defensive driving program providers.
Additional pedestrian safety materials and information,
including the new palm card, can be found at,
Division offers the following safe walking tips
Wear bright-colored, reflectorized clothing,
especially at night.
Walk on sidewalks or paths and always cross
at the corner, within marked crosswalks if
provided. If there are no sidewalks, walk
facing traffic and make eye contact with motorists.
Never cross mid-block (unless within a marked
crosswalk), between parked cars or by climbing
over median barriers. This is not only unsafe,
but against the law.
Look left, then right and left again before
crossing, and always be on the look-out for
Continue to look for vehicles while crossing,
even when in marked crosswalks.
Learn the proper use of “walk/don’t
walk” signals and obey them.
Walk and cross with others, when possible.
Do not attempt to cross while talking or texting
on a cell phone. Pedestrian inattention is
a common cause of pedestrian-motor vehicle
Try not to walk at night or in bad weather,
such as rain, snow or ice.
If you drink alcohol, have someone escort
you to your front door.
information on pedestrian safety, as well as
a wide array of traffic safety programs, is
available on the Division’s web site.
Be sure to visit often, since new information
is posted regularly. Feel free to download our
educational materials, as well. Enjoy the remainder