Pedestrian Safety Programs
While walking is fundamental, safe walking requires pedestrians to be aware, alert and prepared.
TransOptions helps pedestrians of all ages learn about safe walking by hosting free Pedestrian Safety programs like the Walk this Way Challenge. To learn more visit the links on the left, or contact Judy Bortman at (973) 267-7600 or send her an email here.
The NJ State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit reports that 25% of pedestrian fatalities occur from 6pm to 9pm with most fatalities occurring on weekends and more frequently from October to January.
Pedestrians should walk safely, be visible, not be distracted and adhere to New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Law.
Safe Walking Tips
- Wear reflective or bright clothing
- Keep alert
- Walk on the sidewalk
- Cross ONLY at the corners
- Look left, right and left again
- Make eye contact with the drive
- Watch walk and don’t walk signals
- Walk and cross with others when possible
- Wear proper footwear
- Avoid bad weather
Being a visible pedestrian, readily seen by motorists, can save your life. Wearing reflective clothing helps you be visible, especially at night and during inclement weather. A pedestrian wearing reflective clothing is first seen by the motorist at a distance of 500 feet away (about one city block) leaving ample time to stop. Wearing dark colors significantly reduces a pedestrian’s visibility even more and leaves very little reaction time by a motorist.
Don’t Be Distracted
Pedestrians should stay aware and not be distracted or multi-tasking, especially while crossing the street or walking in parking lots. Link to Distracted Pedestrians
New Jersey Pedestrian Safety Law
New Jersey’s Pedestrian Safety Law has regulations for both motorists and pedestrians.
A motorist must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks. Failure to do so can result in one or more of the following:
- Two -point license penalty
- $200 fine plus court costs
- 15 days of community service
- Insurance surcharges
Pedestrians also have a responsibility under the law. They must cross at corners and within marked crosswalks where available and obey all traffic signals. Failure to do so can result in the following:
- Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine plus court costs