New Crosswalk Signal Beacons Dixontown/Chickasaw

posted Aug 18, 2017, 10:38 AM by John McGinnis   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 10:39 AM ]
        
The Borough of Medford Lakes in conjunction with the Medford Lakes Police Department has acquired crosswalk signal beacons, which have been installed at the crosswalk located at Dixontown Road and Chickasaw Trail. Pedestrians can activate the signal by pressing the button, which will activate flashing lights, signaling motor vehicle traffic that a pedestrian is attempting to cross the roadway. All pedestrians should ensure that traffic has stopped prior to crossing the roadway and look both ways before crossing. The signs will be active on Monday August 21, 2017. The Medford Lakes Police Department will be monitoring the crosswalk and enforcing speed limits on Dixontown Road (45 MPH).


Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available. 
  • If crossing in other locations, yield the right of way to vehicles. Failure to obey the law carries a $54 fine (court costs additional; C.39:4-32, 33)
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Never cross between parked cars. 
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk available, walk as far off the roadway as possible. 
  • Always walk against traffic.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially "Walk/Don't Walk."
  • Remain alert! Don't assume that cars are going to stop. Make eye contact with the driver to make sure they see you.
  • Don't talk on a cell phone or wear earphones when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing or shoes when walking at night. Avoid dark clothes; drivers can't avoid what they can't see.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck. Take a cab, bus or use a designated driver to get home safe.
  • Supervise and teach your children about safe walking. Remember that children under the age of nine often lack the judgment to make safe choices when dealing with traffic. Their size also makes them difficult to see.