Friday, December 04, 2009

Linwood officer yields to a pedestrian; Deserves praise

I got a sad laugh out of this letter published in The Press of Atlantic City on Thursday, December 3, 2009.

The letter reads:
"Linwood officer deserves praise"

On Nov. 25, at approximately 12:20 p.m., my wife and I were walking our dog, Mick. For about two minutes, we waited to cross west over Route 9 at a designated pedestrian crosswalk. To our surprise, yet pleasure, a Linwood police officer stopped his patrol vehicle in the northbound lane of Route 9 and employed his safety lights, thereby signaling both lanes of traffic to yield to us, which allowed us to cross safely.

We are not impatient people, as we frequently wait several minutes to cross Route 9. And yes, I realize that at that time of day, traffic is usually heavy and was compounded by the holiday.

But my reason for writing this letter is to commend the officer for his courteous action and for enforcing a traffic law that was designed to promote safety for all residents and pedestrians in New Jersey. Thank you, officer, for your courtesy.

RICK McGUIRE, Linwood

Dear Mr. McQuire,

You should NEVER have to wait several minutes to cross a road at a marked crosswalk. While it's great that this police officer did the right thing by yielding to you and using the overhead lights to force people to yield, it should never need to come to that. A driver of a car yielding to pedestrians shouldn't be such an exceptional event that you take the time to write your local paper. It should be a mundane everyday occurrence that doesn't even register in your memory, like stopping at a red traffic light

Drivers must ALWAYS yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk wanting to cross. It's the law!

39:4-36 Driver to yield to pedestrian, exceptions; violations, penalties.

a. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals, or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county, or State regulation, and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided, but 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. Nothing contained herein shall relieve a pedestrian from using due care for his safety.
(For complete statute follow link above)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

how sad that our state is full of these corridors; mostly zoned for commercial use, and the only safe or comfortable way of accessing said commerce is through the use of an automobile.

Eric Snyder said...

Sad, perhaps, but even sadder if you hadn't taken the time to thank the officer. There are any number of decent law-abiding people out there who can use some encouragement. Good for you and for him.

Andy B from Jersey said...

Eric,

Point well taken.

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