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What are the rules for drivers and pedestrians in New Jersey?

Motorists in New Jersey have to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. If they don't, a pedestrian could be seriously injured or even killed. In addition, drivers who do not stop subjected to a $200 fine on top of court costs and could end up causing a pedestrian accident. They will also receive two points on their licenses. It's possible that drivers will have to complete 15 days of community service for breaking the law, and they will have insurance surcharges on top of that.

When a driver comes up to a pedestrian crossing within a crosswalk, he has to stop and stay stopped until the pedestrian has passed. Motorists also cannot block a crosswalk, making it impossible for a pedestrian to pass through it safely. In the case that the pedestrian is not in a marked crosswalk but at an intersection, the driver must yield as well. There are certain circumstances where a driver may not have time to yield, like if a pedestrian steps off a curb in front of the driver and in those instances, the driver may not be held accountable.

In New Jersey, there is a higher and disproportionate number of pedestrian injury crashes when compared to the United States in general. Because of this, an educational program from the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has been created to help educate, enforce and engineer new ways to combat the issue.

For pedestrians, there are a number of tips the state suggests. For instance, if you're not crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, you should yield to vehicles. If you don't, you could be the one facing a fee of $54 and court costs. You should walk facing traffic, and you need to obey traffic signals.

Source: NJ.gov, "The State of New Jersey" Sep. 03, 2014

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