Police Conduct Pedestrian Safety Operation

Posted on August 6, 2021

As part of its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Montgomery Township, the Montgomery Township Police Department conducted a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on the morning of Thursday August 5th on Blue Spring Road. The operation focused on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. The Police Department is conducting this public awareness and enforcement program to educate and encourage members of the community to develop and maintain safe practices while driving, walking and cycling throughout Montgomery Township. The pedestrian safety operation will continue to take place over the next several months on Blue Spring Road and additional locations within Montgomery Township.

Officers from Montgomery Township will be conducting the enforcement operation at heavily traveled neighborhoods. Officers dressed in plain clothes will be crossing the street while uniformed officers monitor the crosswalk for motorists and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions. Drivers and pedestrians stopped during this safety operation will be issued warnings or citations. Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right-of-way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The Police Department takes enforcement actions in response to community requests and to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

During the most recent operation there were 33 motorists stopped for not stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Each motorist was issued a written warning or citation and additionally provided a pamphlet highlighting pedestrian safety and laws provided by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “This pedestrian safety operation is another tool our department can utilize to improve traffic safety and educate motorists,” said Montgomery Police Captain James Gill. “When approaching a crosswalk where pedestrians are present, drivers must yield the right-of-way. This operation will serve as a reminder of this responsibility and we expect that voluntary compliance will be improved as a result. Those who choose to ignore the law and the message, however, will be deterred from future violations through enforcement. As is the case with any other traffic law, it is easy to avoid a ticket – in this case, simply yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk.”

For additional information, please contact Montgomery Police Traffic Bureau Sgt. Andrew Perry.

Source: Montgomery Township Police