Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox


Do you stop for pedestrians in crosswalks? In New Jersey, it's the law, but sadly, it appears that motorists who do stop are the exception rather than the rule.

I had personal experience of that this evening. I was crossing the road at a crosswalk, nearly but not quite at the halfway point. There was a lady driving an SUV heading towards the crosswalk. She was driving slowly and I thought she was about to stop. Suddenly, she sped up and cut in front of me.

That's not an isolated incident. I've seen it happen countless times. I don't know of anyone who has gotten a ticket for failing to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. In fact, even the police don't always stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. They should have crosswalk markings in designer colors because if everyone's going to ignore those, they might as well be decorative.
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