Laws for Pedestrians & Motorists

(N.J.S.A 39:4-32-34)

Use Crosswalks

At intersections where traffic is directed by a police officer or a traffic signal, no pedestrian shall enter upon or cross the highway at a point other than a crosswalk. (39:4-33.) Where traffic is not controlled and directed either by a police officer or a traffic control signal, pedestrians shall cross the roadway within a crosswalk, or, in the absence of a crosswalk, and where not otherwise prohibited, at right angles to the roadway. (39:4-34) Violation of 39:4-32 and 33 carries a $54 fine for failure to obey the law.


Wait for the Walk

No pedestrian shall cross a roadway against the “stop” or red signal at a cross walk whether marked or unmarked, unless otherwise specifically directed by a police officer or traffic control device.

(N.J.S.A 39:4)

Stop for Pedestrians

The driver of a vehicle shall STOP and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a marked crosswalk, when the pedestrian is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. Violation of 39:4-32 and 36 carries a $200 fine, 2 motor vehicle points and the possible imposition of 15 days of community service.

(N.J.S.A 39:4-98)

Obey Speed Limits

The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.

(N.J.S.A 39:4-97.3)

Heads Up, Phones Down

The use of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful except when the telephone is a hands-free wireless telephone or the electronic communication device is used hands-free, provided that its placement does not interfere with the operation of federally required safety equipment and the operator exercises a high degree of caution in the operation of the motor vehicle.

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