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Wyckoff NJ, this was issued by the Wyckoff Police Department, but it applies to all of Bergen County. Three pedestrian fatalities on Bergen County roads in the span of seven days across the County serves as a reminder of the safety rules both pedestrians and drivers should follow. These numbers could rise as the days grow shorter heading into the fall/winter season. Federal statistics show that 75% of pedestrian fatalities in 2016 occurred in the dark.
Pedestrians who fail to obey signals and use crosswalks can receive a $54 fine. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk can be fined $200 and receive two points on their license
The Wyckoff Police would like to share some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:
• Use sidewalks and pedestrian paths when possible. Otherwise, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.
• Avoid distractions such as smartphones and other electronic devices.
• Never assume a driver sees you, and make eye contact as they approach.
• Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible.
• Wear bright clothing that makes you visible to drivers, day and night.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Look for pedestrians everywhere.
• Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
• Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
• Be prepared to stop for pedestrians when turning at intersections.
• Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• Stick to the speed limit and slow when pedestrians are present.
• Slow down where children may be present, such as school zones and neighborhoods.