– Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Director Pam Fischer today reminded New
Jersey motorists to be alert to an increase
in pedestrian traffic this week, as young
children cross busy intersections and walk
through local neighborhoods during Halloween
trick or treating.
asking motorists to be mindful of the increased
number of youngsters on local streets this
week, as they go out to trick or treat,”
Fischer said. “Simply by adhering
to the rules of the road, including slowing
down, avoiding distractions, never talking
or texting on a cell phone, buckling up
every ride, and never drinking and driving,
motorists and pedestrians can remain safe
and enjoy the Halloween celebrations.”
said that 150 pedestrians were killed as
a result of traffic crashes in 2007. So
far this year, 99 pedestrians have lost
their lives in traffic crashes, compared
with 107 for the same time period last year.
Seven of those individuals killed this year
were 16 years old or younger.
Division offers the following safety tips,
to ensure a safe Halloween.
for Parents to Share with Children:
Cross at intersections only.
Never cross in between parked cars.
Before crossing look left, right and left
again, and listen for traffic.
Wear light colored or reflective clothing
If there is no sidewalk available, walk
as far off the roadway as possible on
the left side of the road, facing oncoming
Obey all traffic signs and signals.
Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Failure
to yield carries a $44 fine and a two-point
Watch for pedestrians when turning right
Obey posted speed limits.
Do not block or park in crosswalks.
Keep your windshield clean (inside and
out) for maximum visibility.
Be alert for pedestrians at all times.
Turn on your headlights prior to dusk
to increase your visibility for pedestrians
and other vehicles.