CHATHAM, NJ - Police Chief Phil Crosson showed up at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday with a pink-colored flier that he says will be handed out to pedestrians who break the law.
"When we talk about pedestrian safety, we're going to talk about it in its entirety," Crosson said. "We can't just go after motorists. We don't want to be a police state here in Chatham Borough. We want to work together for everyone's safety. It's my job and responsibility to see to it that it's evenly distributed."
While motorists need to be aware of pedestrians in the road, Crosson pointed out that pedestrians need to give motorists time to react.
"One of our officers said it, so I can't take credit, but it's a false sense of security being between those white lines," Crosson said. "Those white lines don't stop cars. This is the campaign we're putting forth to make sure that pedestrians are giving motorists enough time to see them."
On the front of the pink flier it says, "This is a courtesy WARNING from the Chatham Borough Police Department." It explains how there has been complaints about motorists failing to stop for pedestrians. It then says that, after a review of the complaints, it was determined that many of the problems were caused by pedestrians in violation of state law when crossing the street.
On the back of the flier, the state statutes that cover these laws is spelled out.
"We've come up with these fliers," Crosson said. "The officers have begun handing these out when they see these kinds of violations to educate. We see problems during commuter times when pedestrians are not giving motorists proper time to see them when they enter the roadway."