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Chatham Police Warn Pedestrians With Pink 'Tickets'

'We can't just go after motorists,' chief says.

Chatham police are giving warnings for pedestrian violations. Credit: Jake Remaly
Chatham police are giving warnings for pedestrian violations. Credit: Jake Remaly

Chatham Police have begun handing out warnings to pedestrians who cross roads unsafely, Chief Philip J. Crosson Jr. said.

Traffic safety is a priority for the department and authorities recently have targeted drivers who didn't yield to pedestrians, or who were texting and driving.

But the department also has received comments and complaints about pedestrian violations, the chief said.

"We have to talk about it in its entirety. We can't just go after motorists," he said at Monday's Borough Council meeting. He said it's an educational campaign and said the department does not want to create a "police state" in Chatham Borough.

The text on the warning is below.

This is a courtesy warning from the Chatham Borough Police Department. We have been receiving complaints from pedestrians and drivers regarding motor vehicle operators failing to stop for pedestrians. To address this, we have increased our enforcement targeting those specific violations.

We have reviewed these complaints and have determined that in many cases, pedestrians are often themselves sin violation of the New Jersey State Statutes that address pedestrian actions when crossing roadways. As a courtesy, we have listed the applicable statutes on the back of this document for your review.

Our goal is to improve safety for everyone walking and driving in Chatham Borough. Int he future, please cross at a marked crosswalk, utilize and obey the pedestrian signals as provided and ensure that the driver has had an opportunity to see you and stop before you enter into the lane of travel. Where provided, use sidewalks, and, if you walk in the street, walk facing the approaching traffic.

Remember, your safety is as important to us as it is to you, please walk responsibly as we must all share the roadways.

Duncan Munchkin January 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Let me get this straight. The guy who split his 2.5 square-mile town into 5 zones--each with its own sergeant--doesn't want Chatham to become a police state. Brilliant. When I am done here, I am going to correct the borough's wikipedia page to read "pedestrian UN-friendly."
Julles51 January 29, 2014 at 05:14 PM
How about a nice ticket/fine like motorists get? But only if you are truly interested in "being fair". I wonder if motorists get these sweet little pink "tickets" as a warning or do they go straight to the revenue-raising white tickets? As far as being a police state...that ship has already sailed, I'm afraid.
ChathamCitizen January 30, 2014 at 06:05 PM
The main issue is that there are way too many people crossing the street where there is no crosswalk. Pedestrians need to understand that they do not have a right-of-way anywhere they choose to cross. I have seen mothers/children crossing Lafayette in the middle of a block. This is a street that has multiple crossing guards to protect the kids. These people need to walk the extra half block for their own (and their children's) safety. BTW- This is one of the great reasons to live in Chatham. Our police have the time and desire to keep people safe.

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