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  • Wait a minute, what is the law called?

    It is Title 39 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.).

  • What are pedestrians’ responsibilities?

    Unless a police officer directs a pedestrian to do otherwise, pedestrians only cross when the light is green or the pedestrian “WALK” signal is displayed.

    Other than crosswalks, vehicles have the right-of-way and pedestrians should not expect motorists to stop for them. Cross at crosswalks whenever possible; if this is not possible, pedestrians need to exercise extreme caution when crossing.

    A pedestrian is responsible for his/her own behavior by obeying traffic laws, being attentive to his/her surroundings, and only crossing when and where it is appropriate.

    Pedestrians may only use crosswalks to cross the street. At intersections where traffic is directed by a police officer or traffic signal, no pedestrian shall enter upon or cross the highway at a point other than a crosswalk.

    Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are available. When there is no sidewalk, pedestrians must travel on the left side of the road so they are able to see oncoming traffic.

    Pedestrians should look left first, then right, and left again before crossing a street.

    Pedestrians who fail to utilize a crosswalk or fail to obey pedestrian signals may result in a fine of up to $54.00 for failure to observe the law.

  • What are motorists’ responsibilities?

    Motorists must remain vigilant and aware of pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists at all times.

    They must obey all traffic laws and be particularly aware of pedestrians while making turns or at signalized intersections.

    They should keep their windshields clear in order to increase visibility as much as possible and keep in mind pedestrians will be especially difficult to spot at night or in adverse weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or ice.

  • What is the law now regarding pedestrians in the crosswalk?

    Drivers must STOP if a pedestrian is walking within a marked crosswalk. Failure by a motorist to stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian who is within a crosswalk may be subject to one or more of the following penalties: 2 point applied to your NJ Drivers’ license; $200 fine (plus court fees); 15 days community service.

  • What are the laws regarding children and bicycles in New Jersey?

    Children under the age of 17 are required by state law to wear a helmet. While adults are generally discouraged (and in some municipalities, banned) from riding on the sidewalk, young children learning how to ride a bike are allowed on the sidewalk. Parents may be held responsible for their child if s/he does not obey bicycle laws.

  • Are bicycles allowed on New Jersey Transit trains and buses?

    NJ Transit allows collapsible bicycles on all of its trains at any time. However, standard bicycles and Segways are prohibited during certain times and on certain trains. All bicycles as well as Segway vehicles are permitted on the Atlantic City Rail Line at all times.

  • What are the helmet laws for cyclists in New Jersey?

    Bicyclists 17 years of age or younger must use helmet when riding a bicycle. Violators of the helmet law will receive warnings for their first offense. Parents or legal guardians may be fined a maximum of $25 for the 1st offense (after a warning has been issued) and a maximum of $100 for subsequent offense(s).

  • Are bicycles required to have lights? What about horns?

    Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front and one on the rear. Sirens or whistles cannot be used on bicycles—bells are the only acceptable audible signals a bicycle can have.

  • Are bicycles allowed on city streets, major roadways, and highways?

    Yes. Bicyclists must adhere to the same rules of the road that drivers do, including using turn signals, riding only on the right side of the road, and obeying traffic signals and signs.

  • Are bicycles allowed on sidewalks?

    State law does not outlaw riding on the sidewalk, although some municipalities have passed ordinances that prohibit doing so. But bicycles are vehicles and belong in the street, with a notable exception made for small children.

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