MADISON, NJ - The Madison Police Department announced the acquisition of a grant provided by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at increasing the safety of pedestrians in Madison.

The grant will fund “Walk Safe Madison”, a program aimed at reducing the number of crashes involving pedestrians.

The Traffic Safety Bureau has recognized that over the past several years the number of crashes involving pedestrians has steadily increased; Walk Safe Madison will aim to bring that number down through education and enforcement.

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Walk Safe Madison will begin this month and end in May of 2016. The program will involve presentations to local schools and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws using the “Cops in Crosswalks” program. Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and officers will also be on the lookout for other dangerous violations, such as distracted driving.

As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street will also be stopped as part of the program. Officers will focus enforcement efforts at commonly-used crosswalks as well as school zones. Chief Darren Dachisen Sr. urges pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of their surroundings which will save lives.

For any questions regarding Walk Safe Madison please contact, Ptl. Chad Rybka at 973-593-3005.