Pedestrian Safety Awareness

Ped_Share_ResponsThe Westwood Police Department would like to take this time to draw attention to the growing topic of Pedestrian Safety. Westwood has a very active downtown area. It is important for both pedestrians and motorists to understand that Pedestrian Safety is a Shared Responsibility.

There is no one cause of crashes involving pedestrians. Pedestrians and motorists must both do their part to keep pedestrians safe.

Below are some tips from the NJ State Attorney General’s Office:

Pedestrians:

Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
Always walk facing traffic.
Obey traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk”.
Remain alert! Don’t assume that cars are going to stop.
Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.

Motorists:

Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Failure to stop carries a $230 (court costs additional) fine & 2 point license penalty.
Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
Obey speed limits.
Do not block or park in crosswalks.
Keep your windshield clean for maximum visibility.
Be alert for pedestrian at all times.

 

 

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