PHOTOS: 252 Cars Stopped as Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Initiative on Forest Ave – Enforcement to Begin Soon

PHOTOS: [UPDATED 3:45 PM] Police today again conducted a Pedestrian Safety initiative on Forest Avenue, which Police Chief Rob Lawson says may be the last.Similar to the ones conducted on Clifton and Monmouth Avenues, police are stopping dozens of drivers who have violated the Pedestrian Crossing law and are issuing verbal warnings, while handing them a pamphlet explaining the violation they’ve committed.

In a four hour span, 252 drivers were stopped, police tell TLS.

Police also note that an intersection does not need to be painted with stripes to require drivers to be required to stop for crossing pedestrians.

Following these educational warning periods, police intend to begin writing summonses – which carry a fine and points on your license. TLS.

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27 COMMENTS

  1. the one on forest this morning was not at a cross walk it was on 3rd were there is no lines
    is that the law even if there is no cross walk lines you can get a fine?

  2. To lakewood boy,

    No, one would not get fined if there was no crosswalk. However, you probably saw them PULLING people over not by the lines but they had undercover officers attempting to cross at a crosswalk WITH lines. I assume this was the case.

  3. To Lakewood Resident,
    You CAN get a ticket for not stopping for a pedestrian even if there is NO painted crosswalk but the pedestrian is in the spot where a crosswalk would typically be. If a pedestrian is waiting to cross in the middle of a block where you wouldn’t find a crosswalk, you would not need to stop for them.

  4. I apologize for my previous information. You must STOP for a pedestrian within a MARKED crosswalk. You must YIELD to a pedestrian within an UNMARKED crosswalk.

    As per the nj.gov website:

    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 officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

    Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

    Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

  5. The undercover police were “attempting” to cross back and forth on Forest and 3rd..where there are no lines.

    I am not sure what the law is..does one have to stop if there are no lines? It would make sense that one has to, since it is at the intersection.

  6. The effectiveness of this law is highly questionable. It can give pedestrians a false sense of safety and can cause more damage than good. It can also confuse drivers because many pedestrians would rather wait for the cars to pass than risk being rubbed over c’v.

  7. i believe this law is couterproductive and can cause accidents when a car stops short for a pedestrian . you have very little warning as to when someone will step into a walkway [in contrast to a red light that is preceded by a yellow light ]

  8. Can someone please explain why this law isn’t dangerous, imagine the following scenario which I’ve seen numerous times. A driver sees a pedestrian when he’s pretty close to the intersection breaks without giving a proper warning to the cars in back of him and forcing the car in back to make a short stop, if he stops on time great, if not your putting the occupants of each car in danger and the pedestrian crossing the street.
    I would love to hear a response from our police chief (whose doing a great job!)

    Thanks!

  9. This is the craziest law drivers in this town cannot obey regular traffic law now they have to look at the sides of the street to check for pedestrians. This will cause short stops and many more accidents. You will see pedestrians waving the cars on, and cars stopping and going, this confusion will do much more harm than good. The police should keep themselve busy with the more pressing issues not these stupidity

  10. We need the chief of police to write up the new laws in simple. Lamens terms and very specific. Writing it in jibberish law terms is Simply not going to work in this town.
    Also pedestrians need to know that they will also be accountable for crossing in an illegal place, be it a court appearance or fine.i would also mention that its very hard to see an all black clothed person attempting to cross at night time. How will the township deal with this problem. Giving out tickets for the sake of revenue will not fix the problem. Many issues have to be implemented before its fully in effect

  11. This law makes no sense & is very dangerous to both pedestrians & drivers!

    The only time it makes sense is when a car is turning at a traffic light.

  12. How many times have I waited on Clifton Ave to cross, only to have LPD cars speed right by. LET THEM FIX THEIR OWN HOUSE BEFORE LECTURING ANYONE ELSE.

  13. “”Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle. “”

    I hope the fine drivers of Lakewood follow this part of the law as well.

  14. with all the “passing” that goes on, it’s just a matter of time before people are R”L hit from the car behind that does’t realize why the first one stopped. They should put in proper crosswalks. This is insanely dangerous! no! people shouldn’t just cross anywhere! I nearly killed the cop that practically walked into my car.

  15. I believe this to be the most ridiculous driving law passed. How are you supposed to be traveling at 35-40 MPH paying attention and short stopping for possible pedestrian.
    Having designated crossing areas is one thing so you can look out fro pedestrians at those crossings but looking out at every corner for potential pedestrians that may want to cross is ridiculous.

  16. I stopped for a pedestrian but the car behind me just went around me nearly knocking over the pedestrian. This law is very dangerous.

  17. I usually stop for crossers at cross walks “as required by law” . The police had some one crossing at 3rd street – 3rd street does not have cross walks. By law I didn’t have to stop.

  18. growing up, we were taught how to cross streets, to look both ways and only cross if no cars are coming….why in the world should cars stop for us to cross?? that really makes no sense! if u want cars to stop for u to cross, cross at a red light!

  19. That was easy all you got to do is to stop for people who are crossing the street and it doesn’t matter if they violated the street. We just got to stop for them even they jay walking ..

  20. This is a dangerous law and should be ignored the fact that the PD is enforcing this makes no sense from a safety standpoint, this is not the mid west this is the east coast and its not the mentality so all your doing is causing confusion and a dangerous situation. many times Ive tried to stop only to have someone go around me on the right almost hitting the person i let cross. Can it be implemented i guess sure it can is it worth the safety risks hell no! 2) I pretty sure for any law to be valid it has to be able to be universally kept, but this law cannot be kept at night its impossible to see someone stepping into the cross walk at night, so now you made a dangerous situation even worse the guy crossing thinks youll stop for him but you can see him, LPD this is a law you should ignore to enforce its a dangerous one, there are plenty of other ones which should be enforced and are not

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