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Lyndhurst Drivers, Pedestrians Beware: Spring Brings 'Cops In Crosswalks'

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LYNDHURST, N.J. -- Lyndhurst police the next several months will be out enforcing laws requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians – only they won’t be in uniform.

Officers are once again going undercover as decoys crossing streets in an effort to catch violators – but, more importantly, to educate both drivers and pedestrians themselves, Capt. John Valente said Monday.

"The goal of the program is primarily to educate drivers," Valente said. "However, summonses may issued."

Under state law, motorists must stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Violators face fines of up to $200 fine, two points off their driver’s licenses points, 15 days community service and insurance surcharges.

At the same time, the law specifically states that “no pedestrian shall suddenly 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.”

Pedestrians are also required to “obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections.”

Violators can be fined $54.

Although New Jersey has seen traffic deaths decline, the number of pedestrian struck – and killed – continues to grow, authorities say.

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