Failure to Yield for Pedestrians

New Jersey law requires that motorists must always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. A driver is guilty of a motor vehicle offense if he fails to give right-of-way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk, or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Any driver who passes a vehicle stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway is also guilty of this offense. It is also an offense to fail to give the right of way to any pedestrian caught in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the signal changes. Finally, it is a violation to drive through a safety zone, unless directed to do so by a police officer.

A driver who is convicted of failing to yield to pedestrians may be subject to a fine of not more than $52. A driver will be assessed two points for this violation.