June 6, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents this year

Unfortunately, pedestrian and cycling fatalities are all too common in New Jersey. So far this year, there have been 68 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, as well as five cyclists.

Indeed, in 2011, 23 percent of all traffic accident fatalities were pedestrians.

The state legislature is looking to increase fines against motorists who are not more cautious when it comes to sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists. One bill, sponsored by Assemblywomen L. Grace Spencer (D-29) and Linda Stender (D-22) would increase fines to $500 for any motorist who doesn’t keep at least four feet from a cyclist/pedestrian.

A second bill would raise fines to $250 — with $150 being put in a separate Pedestrian Safety Enforcement and Education Fund — for violating motorist laws concerning pedestrians. This bill is being sponsored by Assemblymen Troy Singleton (D-7), Herb Conaway (D-7), and Benjie Wimberly (D-35).