“Stop and Stay Stopped” Law for Pedestrians

New Jersey legislation passed in April 2010 requires motorists to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians crossing the roadway within marked crosswalks.

Crossing Guards and their Supervisors should be aware of the following New Jersey traffic regulations that support safer school crossings:

  • Motorists must stop and remain stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway within a marked crosswalk, when the pedestrian is upon, or within one lane of, the half of the roadway that the vehicle is traveling or turning.
  • Motorists shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except when movement is being directed by police, traffic control signal or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county or State regulation and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead crossing is provided.
  • Every intersection without a marked crosswalk is considered an unmarked crosswalk.

For more information about this law, please visit the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety website.