Proposed pedestrian safety bill would put more responsibility on pedestrians

Some New Jersey state lawmakers say that they are pushing to make the streets safer for pedestrians by introducing a new pedestrian safety bill.



The Driver and Pedestrian Mutual Responsibility Act, sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Brown, would limit where pedestrians can cross the street and would put more responsibility on those who aren't behind the wheel to be safe.



Data has shown that there have been about 500 fatal pedestrian accidents in the state over the past three years. Lawmakers say that this is the highest it has been since the early 1990s.



The bill hypothesizes that the increase in pedestrian fatalities may be caused by the pedestrians themselves.



The bill mandates that pedestrians only cross streets at designated crosswalks. Drivers still are required to yield to pedestrians but wouldn't be required to fully stop at a crosswalk.



Opponents of the bill say people and cars can't have equal responsibility when one has the power to do so much damage.


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