FAIR LAWN, NJ - Instituting its pedestrian safety initiative, the Fair Lawn Police issued 42 summonses for failure to yield during a four-hour period recently, the borough manager said.

Police setup at Fair Lawn Avenue and George Street where they had a pedestrian step off the curb, Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen said on Feb. 4. The busy area near the municipal building is well-marked for pedestrians. Out of 75 summonses issued that day, 42 were for failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Fair Lawn Police announced in January they will be conducting a Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign aimed at reducing pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey this year.

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Street Smart NJ is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. During the campaign, local police will be enforcing pedestrian laws in Fair Lawn, such as the one mentioned above, and working with several partners – including local businesses, religious institutions and schools. 

Pedestrian safety is a concern nationwide, but it is particularly important in New Jersey, which the federal government has designated a pedestrian safety focus state for its high rate of fatalities and injuries. Pedestrians comprised 29 percent (183 people) of the 624 people killed in crashes in New Jersey in 2017, nearly double the national average of 16 percent, according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). New Jersey ranks 13th in the nation in pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people. On average, one pedestrian is killed every two days in New Jersey and 12 are injured daily.