As earlier reported, Lakewood Police officers on Saturday continued the “Cops in Crosswalks” operation at River Avenue and John Street.
From 9am to 1pm, 55 vehicles were stopped for “Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian,” Police told TLS. Of those, some drivers were also given summonses for other Motor Vehicle infractions.
The areas chosen for these operations are based on both internal and state-supplied data showing where the township has experienced multiple pedestrian fatalities.
Since the inception of this campaign, over 273 individual pedestrian contacts have been made, with information being shared by conversation and or also by presenting them with Pedestrian Safety handouts.
Studies show that more pedestrians are struck in crosswalks than outside crosswalks, mainly because crosswalks give pedestrians a strong sense of security, and pedestrians fail to look both ways. Additionally, pedestrians focusing on digital devices while crossing streets are also at risk for vehicle-pedestrian crashes.
In total after completing four operations, the Lakewood Police have made 219 Traffic Stops for the violation. Of those, only 50 summonses were written for that offense. Citing officers took into account the violator’s speed and the proximity of the pedestrian to the violator’s vehicle.
In an effort to assist local agencies, The NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety has granted the funding to address this and other local traffic safety issues as it is in everybody’s interest to reduce motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the roads of New Jersey.