ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Atlantic Highlands Police Chief Jerry Vasto reports the successful acquisition of a $ 13, 717.00 grant awarded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety for Pedestrian Safety Education and Enforcement.

Plain clothes officers will be assigned to various locations in the Borough looking for motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Violators will be stopped and educated on the law. Drivers may be ticketed in egregious cases or where the Officer believes that education may not be sufficient enough to correct the driver’s actions.

N.J.S. 39:4-36 states that motorists MUST stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject a motorist to one or more of the following:

  • 2 POINTS - $ 200.00 FINE – 15 DAYS COMMUNITY SERVICE – INSURANCE SURCHARGES

Pedestrians have a shared responsibility and must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.  Pedestrians shall not suddenly leave the curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop or yield. Pedestrians upon a roadway at any other point than within a marked crosswalk at an intersection or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

Chief Vasto credits Patrolman Christopher Inglis who researched and successfully applied for the grant. “The safety program will provide another level of safety to both residents and visitors. The grant will enable us to dedicate Officer’s throughout the year to work towards educating and enforcing pedestrian safety laws. Our goal is to make Atlantic Highlands as safe as possible.”

The program will run through June of 2013.