NJ gets new pedestrian law

(AP) - New Jersey motorists will face steeper fines if they don't stop for pedestrians, beginning April 1.

A new law requires motorists to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Currently, the law only requires that motorists yield or slow for pedestrians.

Fines will increase to $200 for motorists who don't stop and $54 for pedestrians who jaywalk or cross without the right of way.

Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer says pedestrians account for around 25 percent of fatalities in New Jersey. That's nearly double the national rate.

Officials and the parents of a young girl killed in a crosswalk last year on Wednesday will discuss the new law at events in Newark, Cherry Hill and Ocean City.

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