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Cops in Lyndhurst crosswalks are back

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PUBLIC SAFETY: The “Cops in Crosswalks” program returns to Lyndhurst for the next several months, with plainclothes decoys ticketing motorists who don’t stop for pedestrians – as well as people who don’t cross streets where they should.

Police hope to educate both drivers and pedestrians, Capt. John Valente said.

“This type of enforcement is taking place statewide and for good reason,” he said.

Under state law, motorists must stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Violators face fines of up to $200 fine, two points off their driver’s licenses points, 15 days community service and insurance surcharges.

At the same time, the law specifically states that “no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.”

Pedestrians are also required to “obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.”

Violators can be fined $54.

Although New Jersey has seen traffic deaths decline, the number of pedestrian struck – and killed – continues to grow, authorities say.

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