PHOTO: LPD Continues the “Cops in Crosswalks” Pedestrian Safety Operation

The Lakewood Police Department today is continuing their “Cops in Crosswalks” operation, in an effort to crackdown on vehicles who violated the “Stopping/Yielding for persons in the crosswalk” law.

In the course of four hours on Sunday afternoon, three officers stopped 52 vehicles who were violating the law in the area of Clifton Avenue and Third Street.

The crackdown, which was done in conjunction with the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, was part of a larger Pedestrian Safety Campaign, which will also include radar enforcement campaigns.

The Department has also collaborated with Safe Streets NJ and has on hand educational brochures for the public. These brochures will remind drivers of the need to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Citing officers provided these brochures to drivers who were stopped.

Violators were stopped and given a citation or verbal warning. Citing officers took into account the violator’s speed and the proximity of the pedestrian to the violator’s vehicle.

Between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2021, there were 31,587 Pedestrian/Bicyclist involved crashes in the State of New Jersey. 2,894 were fatalities.

In Lakewood Township, there were 574 Pedestrian/Bicyclist involved crashes with 32 of them being fatal.

For the coming months, the “Cops in Crosswalks” operation, will take place at dozens of locations throughout the township.

Today, officers are focusing on Forest Avenue.

“Safety is our goal this Summer,” says Chief Meyer. “We are asking people to drive attentive and courteous.”

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  1. This is 100% entrapment. The guy gets into the crosswalk when your only option is to slam on the brakes, and risk being rear ended. If I had a dash cam, this would be an open-shut case. I watched a guy, who obviously realized what was going on, wait to make a right because he saw the guy standing at the corner. The cop waited until the guy finally started turning, then immediately started crossing, and the driver got pulled over.
    If anyone has any dash cam footage of this operation, they should post it and save some people time and money.
    (Notice that the guy crossing is the only cop not wearing a body cam.)

    • By the way you might be in the clear from the rear ended part but i think the law is no matter what you must yield to pedestrians.

  2. If the LPD wants to restore safety (*their reputation) they need to be enforcing all laws on a regular basis not some stupid initiative with the sole purpose of bringing some positive PR. Stop playing politics with our safety, in the end you will just hurt everyone including yourselves in the process.

  3. i think this is a great idea too many people have been hurt in lakewood it’s about time that the oilam starts driving more carefully. if it was a family member of yours you would agree so why wait till chas visholom this happens to you

  4. in the good ol’ days, pedestrians waited safely on the curb until it was safe to cross.
    Now the driver who is concentrating on driving has to look at the curb to see if someone stepped foot on the crosswalk? sounds crazy to me.

    • In the good old days—Many drivers would stop to let people cross.
      Today we have so many drivers and almost everyone is in a rush.
      No one is waiting a half hour at the curb.

  5. This is after my older sun got ticketed earlier today from this prank. What is up with lakewood pd??? it’s either alway inforcing or never, not randomly.

  6. Pedestrians need to obey the crossing rules as well. It is very difficult to watch the light, the traffic and then a person who decides to cross against the crossing signal.

  7. When the law is enforced inconsistently and without common sense as is being done in this case it is criminal.All that they’re accomplishing is causing people heartache and a financial burden.The point of law enforcement is to enhance the lives of the populace not the opposite.If they want to make this town safer they should focus on real issues such as people blowing through reds and stopsigns not ‘getting people’ on pointless things,and I’m certain that the cops don’t follow this rule just watch next time you see one.

  8. Get youreself a
    ‘dual dash-cam” so you can have the evidence, including that you weren’t holding a phone and that you had your seat belt on.

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