There are a variety of different ways to get from point A to point B, and each of these ways have their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, many people in New Jersey choose to walk because it has health benefits, is better for the environment and does not require the costs associated with other methods. Unfortunately, pedestrians are at a physical disadvantage if they are struck by motorists or bicyclists. In fact, law enforcement officers in a nearby city are working to take action to prevent pedestrian accidents.
As part of their efforts, officers will conduct a pedestrian safety operation. According to reports, an officer in plainclothes will cross the street at a crosswalk while other officers monitor whether motorists stop for the pedestrian. Those that do not could face citations and warnings.
Drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians could face a fine, accumulate points and increased insurance charges. According to one officer, motorists are required to yield to pedestrians when the former approaches a crosswalk. In addition to stopping, drivers are required to stay stopped until after the pedestrian has crossed the street.
While efforts to prevent pedestrian accidents are laudatory, the sad reality is that these efforts stem from several accidents that have left people injured. Drivers who fail to fully attend to what is happening on the road in front of them and take appropriate action can cause serious, sometimes even fatal, injuries. Unfortunately, accident victims often suffer both physical and financially as they cope with medical bills and lost wages, often leaving them no choice but to take legal action against drivers whose negligent actions result in accident-causing injuries.