HILLSIDE - Undercover Hillside police officers are on patrol monitoring crosswalks. They say if drivers don't stop for them, they'll pay for it.
New Jersey law states that when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, drivers must come to a complete stop until the pedestrian is safely across the street. Undercover police officers in Hillside are making sure drivers do just that.
The police on patrol are being funded by a federal grant known as "Cops in Crosswalks." The program puts cops in civilian clothes in the crosswalk. When someone doesn't stop in the crosswalk, the police officers radio uniform cops up the block who ticket the offending motorists.
Hillside is one of 13 New Jersey towns participating in the "Cops in Crosswalks" program.Some drivers in NJ say crosswalk law is way off base