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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ignoring pedestrians in crosswalk can cost you ... big


With or without the sign, the law requires you to stop
for pedestirans crossing the roadway.


It will cost you to ignore pedestrians in crosswalks ... big time.

Plainfield police are conducting a pedestrian safety campaign with officers dressed in plain clothes testing drivers adherence to the law by stepping off the curb as vehicles pass.

The tab? $230 per violation.

A couple from Long Island got a ticket when driving on South Avenue to Cafe Vivace after leaving a viewing at Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood. The couple say they saw a man in dark clothes wearing something reflective and carrying a flashlight. They dispute that he was attempting to cross the street but are not sure if he was on the curb or had stepped onto the pavement. They were pulled over several car lengths past the man and issued a summons.

City Council took note recently of the receipt of a small grant for the Plainfield Police Division to conduct the pedestrian safety campaign.

Police sources indicate at least one hundred tickets were issued during that evening operation (Tuesday, October 15) and that 'it was like shooting fish in a barrel'.

I will never forget the admonishment of the man who administered my New Jersey driving test after I moved to Plainfield from Brooklyn: In New Jersey, said he, the pedestrian is king. Makes no matter if they are crossing at an intersection or a pedestrian crossing or even jaywalking; your obligation is to stop (not yield, stop) until they have cleared the roadway.

And that's the way I've always done it since.

So, be forewarned. It's costly to ignore pedestrians.





-- Dan Damon [follow]


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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

about time-they give out tickets,i nearly got run over,at 7th and park ave.

Bob said...

This is a dangerous and stupid law, especially with the ignorant kids we have on the streets before and after school. This law needs to be changed or it can add a lot of time to a commute and cause accidents.

Anonymous said...

That's Plainfield, Illinois

Preservation: "Downtown Plainfield listed on National Register of Historic Places"

Blackdog said...

Sounds like entrapment to me!
I don't see pedestrians ticketed for jaywalking.
But at least safety campaigns such as these keep the officers safe! At least they don't have to be risking their lives dealing with the violent criminals plaguing our town!
Just exactly how many pedestrians are run down in crosswalks in New Jersey every year anyway?
Will Rogers had it right when he said, "The government has a licensce to steal, and they DO!"

Anonymous said...

Yeah Bob,
It's really stupid to allow pedestrians to cross the street in the crosswalk. Very dangerous too. It sure has added a lot of time to my commute. It took me 8 seconds longer to get to work yesterday when I let a mother and son cross Watchung Ave. Outrageous!
Did you actually read what you wrote before posting????? (without moving your lips).

Anonymous said...

New Jersey's version of the speed trap. Legal and lucrative, but abusive. Traffic signage is stationary and visible from a great distance. They can be approached with forethought and certitude. This law makes roving stop signs of pedestrians that can surprise drivers at any crosswalk and at any time. I think it makes driving less safe. Can we see the statistics anyone?

alex said...

GREAT DAN JUST GREAT I AM SURE THEIR WILL BE A LOT OF FINES BOU WHAT ABOUT THE [SPEEDING&DOUBLE PARKING AND LONG OVER DUE PARKING ON THE STREETS HANDICAP SIGN PLUS A LOT OF OTHERS

Anonymous said...

Who police's the police. A vehicle stopped to let me cross and thankfully I looked as I stepped out and was almost run over by a police vehicle who went around the stopped car. But as the officer just missed me by inches he did wave. Another thing, where is the Jay Walking fines when people walk cater-corner across the road. Until that is enforced no tickets should be issued.