UPDATE: Lakewood Police Make 219 Traffic Stops During ‘”Cops in Crosswalks” Campaign [VIDEO & PHOTOS]

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.

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  1. Can someone please explain something to me. If this problem is so prevalent, why do the cops need to make a whole sting out of this? Can’t they just ticket people when it happens?

    • How many intersections do you want them to patrol to be there when it happens?
      Please clarify. I don’t understand what you’re saying…

      I’m happy they’re doing this, to spread awareness that people outside of cars exist with rights also. It’s a given in Brooklyn/NYC, but is not existent in Lakewood.

      • The same intersections they are doing these stings at (but without needing a cop to entrap people).
        Yes, NYC, the safest city for pedestrians.

  2. When asked how he felt about being stopped by the police in the ‘Cops in Crosswalks’ operation for failing to yield to a pedestrian, one irate Lakewood driver told reporters on Monday: “I don’t get it. Isn’t there a special street in Lakewood called ‘Cross Street’ that was designated exclusively for pedestrians to cross the street? If pedestrians want to cross the street in this town, they need to head on over to Cross Street – the street that was designated for crossing – to cross the street, instead of blocking traffic on all the other streets!”

  3. A campaign to tow the corner huggers up & down Forest Avenue is desperately needed! So difficult & dangerous for residents to enter Forest Avenue from the side streets.

  4. If Lakewood Police want to actually help Lakewood, they can go help with traffic at the situation in the Hurley area.
    It’s amazing how many resources the can allocate to give out tickets, but barely any for a situation that is shutting down a main artery.

  5. This is the biggest insult to taxpayers. I hope the Mayor / Chief is going to stop this madness. This is the dumbest thing to delegate our police resources to.

    • Nope. It’s a big misva to catch driver’s that aren’t doing the right thing by pedestrians, even if they are policemen.

  6. Although pedestrian safety is very important and should be enforced, this is not the way to go about educating motorists about pedestrian safety. There is a huge difference between a real pedestrian who is crossing a street and being careful while crossing by yielding to oncoming traffic, and a “made up pedestrian” who is fake, and only planted there to deliberately cross the street only when cars are approaching, demanding them to stop for him. This behavior is not just unethical, it’s despicable.

    • despicable definition:
      deserving hatred—
      Please explain why they deserve to be hated??
      We are soon approaching the High holidays. We ask Hashem for all kinds of things for the new year. We know that we made some mistakes last year, but we ask that G-d should forgive us for those mistakes and let us move forward and please focus on my new list of requests for the new year. Shouldn’t we treat the Police Officers the exact same way. You want that G-d should focus on your good deeds. We should also focus on all the good deeds of the Police Officers. The exact same way that you want another person or Hashem to treat you, please do so yourself with other people.

  7. You know what hurts taxpayers more? The amount of traffic delays, lost productivity, and time away from family. Not to mention ambulance expenses.

  8. You saw that guy he almost killed the Police Officer. Where was he rushing to?????
    This happened on Saturday when we were all praying in the Synagogue.
    We should show President Joe Biden this video because he is the one who gave the final green light on an open border policy.

  9. Attention to all. Even though you have the right to cross at a crosswalk and everyone has to stop for you, please, for your own safety, don’t really on anybody stopping for you; check before you cross.

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