NEW BRUNSWICK – Middlesex County and New Brunswick officials unveiled a new traffic safety sign aimed at informing drivers of a new state law that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
In an effort to educate the public and use strategic traffic enforcements, the county has created a “Mobile Stop Sign” display. Any municipality within the county can borrow – at no cost to them — the mobile sign and place it in high traffic areas within their community to inform and remind pedestrians and drivers about the “Stop for Pedestrians” law, formerly “Yield for Pedestrians.”
“This mobile sign will provide local police departments a highly visible tool to use at intersections in their communities, where crosswalk violations pose a threat to pedestrians,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the County’s Public Works and Transportation Committee. “This is a great tool and an example of a great shared service utilizing grant dollars to create a public safety opportunity.”
“As a fast-paced and growing urban center, New Brunswick strives to be a pedestrian-friendly city, where you can leave your car at home and walk, bicycle or utilize mass transit,” said New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill. “Having another tool at our disposal will further enhance our efforts to make our streets safer for pedestrians. Our thanks to the county freeholders for their efforts in protecting the lives of county residents.”
The sign is one part of the Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program (CTSP), for which the county received a $96,650 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety to help improve the safety of all roadway users in the County. Education, enforcement and enhancement are the main areas of focus.
“The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety is pleased to see that Middlesex County is stepping up to address the important issue of pedestrian safety,” said Regional Director Robert Gaydosh. “There were 141 pedestrian fatalities over the past year in the state and about 1,500 pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey over the past 10 years. Pedestrian safety is a significant issue statewide and we have to focus attention on it. Our key issue is that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. We all need to do our part whether we are in our cars or on foot.”
In addition to focusing on reducing injuries and fatalities, the grant funds will be used to create a county traffic safety web site and establish an education and enforcement program with members of private community associations and improve pedestrian safety among senior citizens.
“Our partners at the state and in our municipalities share Middlesex County’s commitment to keeping our residents safe,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “Our traffic safety program is a multi-pronged approach to ensure that we can make a real difference in the lives of all our citizens.”
(from left) David Gregor, Middlesex County Comprehensive Traffic Safety Program Coordinator, New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella, Middlesex County Freeholder H. James Polos, Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill, and Camelo Vaticano, Deputy Police Chief of Edison unveil Middlesex County’s new “Mobile Stop Sign Display” at a press event in New Brunswick on May 4. A new state law requires drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. This mobile sign will provide local police departments a highly visible tool to use at intersections in their communities, where crosswalk violations pose a threat to pedestrians. (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County)
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