Failure to Yield Right of Way


A driver is guilty of failing to observe a stop sign if he or she does not bring the vehicle to a complete stop within five feet of the nearest crosswalk or stop line. A driver is also guilty of failing to observe a yield sign if he enters or crosses an intersection, without first slowing to a reasonable speed, stopping if necessary. The driver must yield the way to all traffic on the intersection street close enough to constitute an immediate hazard. The fines are $52 to $202. The driver will also receive two points by the MVS.

Yielding the Right-of-Way

New Jersey laws govern which vehicle has the right of way, but drivers should always be prepared to yield. Some basic rules apply. Always yield to police cars, fire engines, and ambulances, when they are giving warning sighs, such as flashing sirens and lights.

Controlled Intersections

  • An intersection where traffic is regulated by a traffic signal or regulatory sign is a controlled intersection.
  • Always stop at a multi-way stop or stop intersection. Always yield to the driver on the right if arriving simultaneously at a controlled intersection with regulatory signs, such as a four-way stop. Always yield to any driver already at or in an intersection.
  • When approaching an intersection controlled with a yield sign, slow down and yield to traffic on the intersection roadway even if this requires a full stop.
  • When making a left turn at an intersection, yield to oncoming traffic and all pedestrians within a crosswalk.