PERTH AMBOY- The Perth Amboy Business Improvement District (BID) recently installed “STOP for Pedestrians” pedestals on Smith Street. This project has been implemented in collaboration with the City of Perth Amboy, the Board of Education and the Perth Amboy Police Department.
“We are very pleased to offer these pedestrian safety devices to remind drivers to look and stop for pedestrians in the central business district,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz, a member of the Perth Amboy BID Advisory Board. “We also need our community’s cooperation in using crosswalks, designated crossing locations and obeying pedestrian signals for the safely of our children and families, ” she added.
This project was first proposed by the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Program Advisory Board and its members Angelo Morales and Tracy Jordan. As a result of the state changes to the UEZ funding, the project was presented to the BID Advisory Board for consideration and funding.
“The BID is happy to promote pedestrian safety devices in our commercial district. The committee also wants to encourage an increased awareness about pedestrian traffic control and remind our residents and visitors to obey pedestrian traffic signals, especially by obeying municipal and state laws on “No Jay-Walking,” said Barry Rosengarten, chairman of the UEZ and BID advisory boards.
The Perth Amboy Police Department will monitor these signs and work to educate and remind the community that these state laws must be followed by pedestrians and motorists. Motorists in New Jersey must stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk. Failure to observe the law may subject them to one or more of the following: two points, $200 dollar fine (plus court costs), 15 days community service, and insurance surchages. In the same manner, pedestrians must obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at intersections. Failure of a pedestrian to observe the law carries a $54 fine for each offense.
For additional information about the City of Perth Amboy, visit www.ci.perthamboy.nj.us.
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