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New Law – Drivers Required To Come To Full-Stop At NJ Crosswalks

April 1st, 2010

Beginning Thursday (April 1, 2010), it is no longer enough for drivers in New Jersey to yield at crosswalks. A new law now requires vehicles to come to a full-stop.
Safety officials say the law, which was signed by former Gov. Jon S. Corzine in January, was in reaction to increased pedestrian fatalities. It also creates a “safe zone” for pedestrians and discourages them from jaywalking.

Previously, drivers were required to yield to pedestrians. But transportation advocates say “yield” is an ambiguous term.
Drivers who do not come to a full-stop will face a $200 fine.
The new law also requires pedestrians to yield if they are crossing the street at a location that is not a crosswalk.

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