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Jaywalkers Beware: Fort Lee Police Are Cracking Down

Police are writing jaywalking tickets, which will get you an $85 fine, in an effort to curtail incidents of pedestrians getting hit by cars.

Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas O. Ripoli held a press conference Thursday morning to urge drivers and pedestrians to remain vigilant and follow traffic laws or face fines, according to multiple reports.

The event Thursday came in the wake of , and after Ripoli repeatedly called on pedestrians and drivers to use caution.

“We felt we should assist [pedestrians] in helping them keep themselves safe,” Ripoli said Thursday.

According to reports, have been ticketing jaywalkers, the fine for which is $85, after giving out pamphlets with safety tips for the past couple of weeks.

Ripoli recently told Patch police were “working on [the problem] very heavily” after a 64-year-old Fairview man suffered a broken ankle when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Plateau Avenue—the third time such an incident had occurred in a two-week period and the fifth time in Fort Lee since February.

“We’re getting the word out; we’re giving summonses to pedestrians; we’re giving summonses to drivers; we’re giving out warnings—the whole bit,” Ripoli said at the time. “It’s just that people have to be aware. Drivers have to be aware. Pedestrians have to be aware. Speed has to slow down.”

On Thursday, Ripoli said that drivers are not always at fault when it comes to vehicle-pedestrian accidents, NorthJersey.com reported.

“Pedestrians are not always aware; they’re not watching where they are walking,” he said.

In March, Ripoli  in hopes of reducing the number of accidents, saying, “Simple practices adopted by those on foot can significantly decrease the chance of being involved in an accident.”

Tracy May 10, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Glad to hear it!!!
Steve Goldstein May 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
All very good, but A) educate more people in immigrant community forums about when to cross B) get rid of crosswalks right in the middle of thoroughfares, as they are licenses for people to just walk in front of cars. These are the moves that will save lives.
Don pabst May 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Don Pabst 11:56 am on Friday, May 11, 2012 I notice people walking out right in front of my traveling car on Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee all too often. I am very much aware, so I always slow down or come to a complete stop many times to avoid these careless pedestrians. However it is very disconcerting to me, because I realize many unsuspecting, distracted, elderly or speeding drivers may be unable to avoid these same people. All too many pedestrians just assume all drivers will see them and be able to avoid them which is very foolish and irresponsible of these same pedestrians.
William Quinn August 04, 2012 at 04:46 PM
How about the vehicles parked on the sidewalks ? When you must walk into the street to pass, police pass by in cars looking the other way .

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