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
Memorial Day to Labor Day, 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.
year in New Jersey, dozens of pedestrians are
killed in traffic-related crashes. Sadly, so
far in 2009, the number of pedestrians who have
lost their lives in our state is up nearly 40
percent over last year. To ensure the safety
of everyone who uses our roads, both motorists
and pedestrians must be alert for each other
at all times and take personal responsibility
for their actions.
pedestrians, that means adhering to these simple,
but important safety rules:
Wear bright-colored, reflectorized clothing,
especially at night.
on sidewalks or paths and always cross at
the corner, within marked crosswalks. If there
are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and
make eye contact with motorists.
cross mid-block, between parked cars or by
climbing over median barriers.
left, then right and left again before crossing,
and always be on the look-out for turning
to look for vehicles while crossing, even
when in marked crosswalks.
the proper use of “walk/don’t
walk” signals and obey them.
and cross with others, when possible.
not to walk at night or in bad weather, such
as rain, snow or ice.
you drink alcohol, have someone escort you
to your front door.
must also do their part by always yielding to
pedestrians in the crosswalk. Violators face
a $100 fine, plus court costs and fees, and
two points on their driving record. When you’re
behind the wheel and approaching an intersection,
slow down and be on the look out for both children
and adults who may unexpectedly appear in your
path. And bear in mind that once you park and
exit your vehicle, you become a pedestrian,
so do your part to remain safe, too.
further educate motorists about pedestrian safety
and the related laws, the Division is awarding
grants to municipalities in the central and
southern regions of the state this summer for
an innovative effort called “Cops in Crosswalks.”
Through this initiative, undercover police officers,
posing as pedestrians, are placed at locations
in participating communities. Motorists who
fail to yield to undercover officers crossing
the street are being stopped and either warned
or ticketed by uniformed officers a short distance
make sure that this summer each of us does our
part to keep everyone – regardless of
his or her mode of transportation -- safe both
on and off the road. By working together, we
can save lives.
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
of the summer.