Police Advisory: Please Share the Road

Posted on April 29, 2020

POLICE ADVISE PEDESTRIAN / CYCLIST / MOTORIST CAUTION

With the warmer weather approaching and more residents home due to the current health crisis, there is an expected increase in the number of people walking and cycling on the Township roadways. The Police Department and Township want to share some laws and safety tips to ensure that every pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist is safe while sharing the road.

Pedestrian Tips:

When crossing the road, please look left, right, and left again and be alert for turning cars. Pedestrians should try to cross the street at marked crosswalks at the corners of roads whenever possible and obey all traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk” indications. Vehicles are supposed to yield to pedestrians by law at all intersections, even if there is no marked crosswalk. If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles and do not assume cars will stop. Whenever available, walk on a sidewalk, and if walking on a roadway, face traffic so that you can see vehicles approaching on your side of the road. If walking at dusk or after dark, wear reflective clothing so drivers can easily see you. Finally, please stay sober and be alert when walking. Walking impaired, either because of substance or distraction such as a cell phone, can greatly increase your chances of being struck.

Bicycle Safety Tips:

Bicyclists, unlike pedestrians, should ride on the right side of the road with traffic and make sure to obey all traffic signals . Travel no more than two abreast or ride single file if traffic would otherwise be impeded. Try to avoid biking on busier roads whenever possible. Wear comfortable and reflective clothing, especially when riding at dusk or after dark. Bikes must have a light on the front and back visible up to 500 feet while riding at night. Finally, young people under the age of 17 are required to wear an approved helmet when cycling, roller skating, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Drivers:

Motorists in New Jersey are required by law to yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject you to 2 points on your driver’s license, a $200 fine plus court expenses, an insurance surcharge, and 15 days of community service. Please be extra alert for pedestrians and bikers when driving at dusk or after dark.

Thank you to all for sharing the road with consideration and caution!

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