Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Training Workshops
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Training has been conducted by the NJBPRC, in collaboration with the NJDHTS, since its inception in 2007. As part of the training efforts, NJDHTS has been responsible for reaching out to traffic law enforcement officers, arranging meeting locations, and scheduling training. The Resource Center has played a lead role in providing subject matter experts to educate those in attendance on pedestrian safety and the “Stop and Stay Stopped Law.”
There are two components to the training, a classroom exercise and a field exercise. The classroom exercise covers the following topics: the need for PSE training; overview of NJ law regarding pedestrian safety; solutions (i.e., engineering, “education” and enforcement); how to conduct a PSE operation; and lessons learned. The field exercise allows officers an opportunity to apply lessons learned during the classroom exercise and reinforce the primary objective of the detail which is “education of motorists”. To educate motorists, officers are required to do the following during the field exercise:
- Stop only those who actually violate the pedestrian laws of the State of New Jersey via a structured protocol.
- Tell violators why they are being stopped and properly educate them on the Stop and Stay Stopped Law.
- Pass out warning flyers with the law printed on it and answer whatever questions that may arise.
This approach, similar to officers offering incentives to children wearing bicycle helmets, is about more than teaching officers to conduct sting operations. It is a proactive approach toward behavior modification of drivers, with the intent that pedestrian injuries and fatalities that occur because of motor vehicle and pedestrian collisions will decrease. Thus, it successfully marries education and enforcement, by educating both officers and motorists on the importance of pedestrian safety and the Stop and Stay Stopped Law.
To request a workshop please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Road Safety Audits
“A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is the formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team. It qualitatively estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users. – FHWA
The aim of an RSA is to answer the following questions:
- What elements of the road may present a safety concern: to what extent, to which road users, and under what circumstances?
- What opportunities exist to eliminate or mitigate identified safety concerns?
Public agencies with a desire to improve the overall safety performance of roadways under their jurisdiction should be excited about the concept of RSAs. Road safety audits can be used in any phase of project development from planning and preliminary engineering, design and construction. RSAs can also be used on any sized project from minor intersection and roadway retrofits to mega-projects.”
Throughout New Jersey, BPRC actively serves as subject matter experts on multidisciplinary RSA teams organized by the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Recent RSA’s where BPRC have been involved include Sayreville, Old Bridge, Newark, New Brunswick, Dover, and Passaic.