WESTFIELD, NJ — With school in session, town police are conducting a pedestrian safety operation that could result in tickets for drivers who fail to yield people crossing within crosswalks.

Officers dressed in plain clothes will be crossing the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalks for drivers and pedestrians who fail to stop, police announced Tuesday. Officers will issue drivers and pedestrians warnings and citations during the operation, police said.

“With schools now open, and with an increase of pedestrian traffic expected, now seemed like an appropriate time to commence these enforcement efforts,” said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro.

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He told TAPinto Westfield that the effort will be ongoing. New Jersey drivers who fail to yield to a pedestrian face two points, a $200 fine and insurance surcharges.

“When approaching a crosswalk where pedestrians are present, drivers must stop and remain stopped until the pedestrian has finished crossing,” Battiloro said in a release. “This operation will serve as a reminder of this responsibility and we expect that voluntary compliance will be improved as a result.”

In June, a driver who hit and killed a pedestrian crossing South Avenue West was ticketed for failure to observe a traffic control device.

Also in June, a woman hit by car a while crossing South Avenue West at Summit Avenue was taken to the hospital for head and neck injuries.

In January, a man was hit by a vehicle while attempting to cross South Avenue West at the intersection of Boulevard.

As of Tuesday, 110 pedestrians in New Jersey had been killed in crashes this year, state police data show.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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