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NJ Police Crack Down On Drivers Breaking Crosswalk Laws

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- For those who are both drivers and pedestrians, rules regarding yielding to those walking across the street are like a double-edged sword.

Following nearly 100 pedestrian deaths on roads in New Jersey last year and 81 so far this year, law enforcement officials have been cracking down on violations of pedestrian laws.

That crackdown includes placing undercover police officers at intersections to ensure drivers come to a stop at crosswalks.

I mean it's kind of funny, because when you're driving you don't like pedestrians, and then when you're a pedestrian you don't like drivers, Candace in New Brunswick told WCBS 880's Kelly Waldron.

But still, she believes that enforcing the state's pedestrian laws is a good idea.

"I've seen some close calls and it is pretty scary," she said.

Others don't always leave it up to the driver to make the right decision.

"I take it upon myself to make sure I follow mom's advice and look both ways before I cross," Michelle in New Brunswick told Waldron.

According to, last Thursday, police in Hillside issued about 60 tickets during a morning crackdown on violators using undercover officers and an additional 40 tickets were handed out that same afternoon.

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