EAST HANOVER, NJ - The East Hanover Police conducted a Pedestrian Decoy Detail to help raise awareness of laws regarding Pedestrians in crosswalks.  Police Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo was approached by the Division of Highway and Safety regarding this initiative. Cannizzo communicated that the safety of the community is very important to him .  Sgt. Jesse Novalis and Pt. Michael Liotta attended a one day class in order to educate and enforce both the motorist and the pedestrians.

During the 90 minute details several officers observed and stopped 64 moving violators who were warned and educated on the laws regarding stopping for pedestrians that are in a crosswalk.  Pedestrian were also educated to cross in a crosswalk only and not anywhere else.

Here are the results from yesterday’s Pedestrian Decoy Detail that took place at the intersection of Ridgedale Avenue and Ronald Drive.

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- 182 out of 246 drivers (74%) stopped to allow our officer to safely cross the street

- 64 out of 246 drivers (26%) did NOT stop for our officer in the crosswalk

- 64 warnings were issued to the drivers that did not stop as required by law.

- 1 summons was issued to a driver for “operation of an unsafe vehicle”

- To the 182 drivers that stopped for our officer in the crosswalk, we THANK YOU very much for following the rules of the roadway.

- To the 64 drivers that did not stop for our officer, we hope you are now educated on the laws regarding pedestrian safety and will stop for any pedestrians in the future.

- To the 1 driver that was issued a summons, please know that driving a vehicle with no brakes and using the emergency brake as your only source of brakes is NOT SAFE !!