Effective April 1, 2010, New Jersey motorists will now face increased fines if they fail to stop for pedestrians. The new law mandates that motorists stop, and remain stopped, for pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. Prior to the implementation of this new law, motorists were merely required to yield or slow for pedestrians. Failure to stop will now result in a $200 fine.
Presently, pedestrians account for approximately 25% of fatalities annually in the state of New Jersey, which is nearly double the national average. The new law was enacted in order to ensure that New Jersey motorists become more cognizant of pedestrians, and to provide a relative zone of safety for pedestrians in high traffic areas. The details of the new law can be found on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Website.
New Jersey follows federal regulations on signs alerting motorists to crosswalks. But some communities have taken further steps, including Princeton, where running lights have been installed along crosswalks to improve their visibility. However, despite the first pedestrian-related change in New Jersey traffic law in five decades, law enforcement officials warn that getting drivers to comply could prove difficult.
While the new law will almost certainly benefit public safety, the unfortunate fact remains that pedestrians are injured, or killed, by negligent motorists throughout New Jersey on an almost daily basis. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a motorist’s negligence, it is imperative that you contact an experienced New Jersey pedestrian accident injury attorney soon as possible. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a great deal of experience litigating on behalf of injured pedestrians and are here to help you today. Call 609-240-0040 for a free consultation regarding your injury accident.