About Street Smart

Street Smart NJ is a public awareness and behavioral change pedestrian safety campaign. Since its creation in 2013, more than 80 communities have participated in Street Smart NJ.

Street Smart NJ emphasizes educating drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists through mass media, as well as targeted enforcement. Police officers focus on engaging and educating, rather than simply issuing citations. Street Smart NJ complements, but doesn’t replace, other state and local efforts to build safer streets and sidewalks, enforce laws and train better roadway users.

The campaign is coordinated by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and is supported by federal and state funds, with additional funding/in-kind contributions from local partners, including the state’s eight Transportation Management Associations.

Communities and organizations everywhere are invited to use the strategies and materials on this website to create their own campaigns

Evaluations are periodically conducted to gauge the effectiveness of Street Smart NJ campaigns.

 

Street Smart Safety Message Posters

IN NEW JERSEY

  • The Federal Highway Administration has designated New Jersey a “focus” state and Newark a “focus” city due to their high rates of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
  • In 2018, there were 566 fatalities caused by crashes. This includes 176 pedestrians, 278 drivers, 95 passengers and 16 cyclists. (SOURCE: NJSP)
  • From 2014 through 2018, 869 pedestrians were killed on the state’s roads. That translates into one death every 2 days.

A National Problem

    • 5,977 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2017, a 1.7 percent decrease from 2016
    • An estimated 85,000 pedestrians were injured in crashes in the U.S in 2016.
    • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
    • 3 out of 4 pedestrian fatalities occurred in an urban setting.
    • 70 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in 2016 occurred at non-intersections.
    • More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2016 were males.
    • 71 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2016 occurred during nighttime hours. (Source: NHTSA)

 

Laws

Whether you’re driving, walking or cycling, everyone can help make New Jersey’s roads safer. By playing our part, we can work toward New Jersey’s goal of zero pedestrian fatalities.

It’s important that everyone know and follow the laws. And there are also common sense safety measures everyone can follow to help reduce fatalities.

Laws for Motorists around Pedestrians

  • Drivers must stop and stay stopped to allow people to cross at marked crosswalks and intersections, including when turning.  (39:4-36.a. (1))
  • Whenever any vehicle is stopped for someone crossing the road, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not pass the stopped vehicle. (39:4-36.a. (3))
  • A person crossing or starting to cross an intersection on a walk or green signal, but who is still within the crosswalk when the signal changes, has the right of way until they finish crossing.  (39:4-32.c.)
  • A driver shall exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway. (39:4-32.g.; 39:4-36.a. (5))
  • In the event of a collision between a vehicle and a person crossing at an intersection, there shall be a permissive inference that the driver did not exercise due care for the safety of the pedestrian. (39:4-32.h.; 39:4-36.d.

Violations of the above laws carry a $200 fine, two motor vehicle points and up to 15 days of community service. If the violation results in serious bodily injury to a person crossing, drivers can face fines of more than $500, up to 25 days in jail and license suspension of up to six months.

Laws for Pedestrians

  • No pedestrian shall leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield or stop.  (39:4-32.a; 39:4-36.a. (2))
  • Where traffic is not controlled and directed either by a police officer or a traffic control signal, people should cross in a marked crosswalk, or, in the absence of a marked crosswalk, and where not otherwise prohibited, at right angles to the roadway.  (39:4-34)
  • No person shall cross a roadway against the stop or red signal at a crosswalk whether marked or unmarked, unless otherwise specifically directed by a police officer or traffic control device.  (39:4-32.a.)
  • Every person upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.  (39:4-36.a. (4))

 Violation of the above laws carries a $54 fine.

Safety Tips

 

Driver Safety Tips

  • Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and at intersections.
  • Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
  • Stop and look for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning.
  • Do not pass vehicles stopped for people crossing in crosswalks and at intersections.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Take extra care around buses.
  • Allow three feet when passing bicyclists.
  • Eliminate all distractions.
  • Driver sober

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Cross at corners and intersections. Use marked crosswalks where available.
  • Before crossing look left, right, then left again.
  • Use the pedestrian buttons and begin crossing the street on the walk signal.
  • Be visible at night and in inclement weather.
  • Watch out for vehicles turning right on red.
  • Use sidewalks or walk facing traffic where there are no sidewalks.
  • When stepping off a bus, allow it to proceed before crossing to ensure a clear sight line.
  • Walk sober.
  • Eliminate all distractions.