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Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation

By Barbara A. Preston / August 30, 2021


Montgomery Township police are conducting a pedestrian safety enforcement operation through December. Police are focusing on motorists who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk.


The operation began on August 5 on Blue Spring Road, where officers stopped 33 motorists for not stopping for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Each motorist was issued a written warning or citation and provided a pamphlet highlighting pedestrian safety and laws provided by the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

The pedestrian safety operation will continue to take place over the next several months on Blue Spring Road and additional locations within Montgomery. 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.


“This pedestrian safety operation is another tool our department can use 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. Those who choose to ignore the law 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.” — Captain James Gill.

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