EXCLUSIVE: The next time a vehicle is stopped in front of you at a Pedestrian Crossing, think twice before driving around it. You may kill someone. In fact, Police Chief Rob Lawson who very rarely pulls over drivers, recently pulled over four drivers for driving around his unmarked vehicle when he stopped to let pedestrians cross.
“I don’t usually pull anyone over, but this is something I consider extremely dangerous”, Police Chief Rob Lawson tells TLS”. “It can end up killing someone”, he says. “So when the pedestrian finished crossing, I activated my lights and pulled them over”, says Chief Lawson.
The law, which took effect in April, has help decrease the fatality rate in NJ officials say.
However, many drivers feel that the new law poses a bigger danger than before.
“I was stopped at a crossing and the car behind me just continued driving right around me, almost killing the mother and child in the crosswalk”, a driver tells TLS.
But Chief Lawson says there’s just so much he can to get residents to follow the new law, which is being strongly enforced by police on Clifton Avenue and Forest Avenue, the most pedestrian-congested roads in town.
“I’ve sent out articles a number of times to not just the local media, but to the APP, Star Ledger and others, Chief Lawson says”, a similar response which he gave to Mayor Steven Langert at a recent Township Committee meeting when a woman came to complain about this issue.
Why the motorists drove around the Chief?
“The drivers I pulled over all had similar reasons for why they drove around my stopped vehicle” Chief Lawson says. “They said they thought I was turning left, and maybe forgot to signal”.
The drivers were lectured on the dangers of the infraction committed, and were let off without a summons.