At just before 4 am on January 4, a 25-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed while attempting to cross the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 7. As a pedestrian, there are certain precautions you should take, particularly if you are traveling along a busy road.
When possible, avoid walking along busy roads, particularly during peak driving times.
- When crossing a street, cross only at designated areas such as crosswalks and intersections.
- When crossing the street, do not assume a driver will stop for you, even when you have the right-of-way. Instead, before crossing the street, make eye contact or otherwise make sure the driver has seen you and knows you want to cross the road.
- If walking across several lanes of traffic, make sure all drivers are aware of you before you attempt to cross the street.
- Travel during daylight hours whenever possible. You will be more visible.
- If you must walk in the dark or when visibility is reduced, take care to make yourself more visible. Wear bright, reflective clothing. Using a flashlight may also be helpful.
- Walk on the sidewalk when it is available. If a sidewalk is not available, walk as close to the edge of the road, or even on the grass, to avoid vehicles.
- Walk toward vehicular traffic, rather than with vehicular traffic, especially when sidewalks are unavailable.
- Avoiding being a pedestrian along a freeway or other places where vehicular traffic is traveling extremely fast. If you must stop your vehicle along this type of road, pull as far off the road as possible. Stay in your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights, and call for assistance. If no one in your vehicle has a phone to call for help, wait for an officer or other qualified official to show up to help. You are safer in your vehicle than walking along the road.
- If you feel you must get out of your vehicle along a road with high-speed traffic, stay as far off the road as possible, and never try to walk or run across to the other side of the road.