Dear Editor,

If you frequent the Roxbury Shoprite/Home Depot mall area you know that people crossing into the street in front of the stores is becoming more and more dangerous. As a driver, it seems that people, more often than not, just leave a store and without looking just jump into the street and begin crossing, even those with children.

I know that drivers are supposed to be vigilant, but there are many distractions and this is a accident waiting to happen.

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The NJ State law is: New Jersey law requires that motorists must always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. A driver is guilty of a motor vehicle offense if he fails to give right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

Pedestrians seem to feel that they only have the right of way. What ever happened to the "look both ways before crossing?"

What type of example are we setting for our children and grand-children if we do not reinforce that look both ways rule and just simply dart into oncoming traffic. Pedestrians need to show some restraint and respect for the drivers as well.

I urge drivers and pedestrians alike to be more respectful and careful when dealing with crossing the street before an unnecessary tragedy occurs.