Crosswalk Near-Misses

Aug 22, 2018

To the Editor:

I have been vacationing and now own a summer home here on Long Beach Island. I wanted to ask the following:

What type of campaign has The SandPaper run in the past that speaks to the state law as it pertains to motorists and pedestrians in crosswalks?

New Jersey law states: “The driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police.”

I have experienced near misses where my neighbors’ children have cars speeding around stopped cars that are yielding to pedestrians. This has happened with children, adults and myself. These near-misses are always accompanied by the drivers of the vehicles screaming at the kids and pedestrians as though these drivers have done nothing wrong.

The Long Beach Island police do a great job with speeding vehicles, DWIs, and other violations. Why isn’t the crosswalk law enforced? It shouldn’t take an accident or death to bring this law to the attention of drivers and have the police enforce it.

Joe Leonard

Barnegat Light

Editor’s Note: The state law on motorists, pedestrians and crosswalks, and problems associated with it, has been written about extensively in The SandPaper over the years in articles and letters to the editor. Local police have addressed the issue with education. Because there is an inherent danger when people could come in contact with cars, police urge pedestrians to make eye contact with all drivers in the area before they cross at a crosswalks.


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