Stop, Or Face A Big Fine


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If you don’t hit the brakes at the crosswalks in town today, your wallet could be taking a big hit.

Effective April 1, New Jersey motorists must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk–and remain stopped until pedestrians are completely across. New Jersey law previously only required motorists to yield to pedestrians, contributing to the high rate of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in the state. If you fail to stop now, the new law mandates a $200 fine plus court costs, and 2 points on your license.

But the new law also has some new rules for pedestrians. If you jaywalk, or cross when you do not have the right of way, you face a $54 fine, plus court costs.

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According to the state division of Highway Traffic Safety, about 150 pedestrians were killed annually in New Jersey from 2004 to 2008, a figure that escalated to 157 deaths for 2009. More than 30,000 pedestrians have been injured by cars since 2004.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. I like this. I am sick of seeing the open mouthed, hands in the air expressions of drivers who think I am not supposed to be walking across when they are coming.


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