SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – More than 100 drivers have been ticketed for failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks since the start of the pedestrian safety campaign, according to police Chief James Chelel.
The initiative was sponsored by the Public Safety Committee in partnership with the Police Department.
“We’re satisfied with the numbers,” Chelel said. “I’m not really concerned about the numbers as much as I am about just getting the word out to the people that they have to yield to pedestrians.”
Since the start of the campaign, banners and yard signs have been erected at busy intersections along South Orange Avenue, some stating, “Drivers must stop for pedestrians within crosswalks.”
“Some motorists have gone to court, which they certainly have the right to do, and they’ll get their fair day in court,” Chelel said.
The chief said that many motorists might not be aware of the law, “It’s just about getting the word out, getting awareness about it, and hopefully everybody benefits from (the campaign),” he said.
The campaign is funded by a grant by the Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Chelel said that they have applied for a grant for next year as well. Chelel said the increased enforcement will continue regardless. “We will continue to do that even if it’s not funded, even if the money runs out for that we will continue to enforce it,” he said.