The College is participating in the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s Street Smart New Jersey throughout November. ECC’s Public Safety Department will be closely monitoring the crosswalks surrounding the Newark campus. Motorists who fail to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk are subject to an immediate summons.
“This effort is a definite benefit for our students; it all about pedestrian safety,” said Ronald Parm, Public Safety Associate Director. “Law enforcement is working to make drivers aware that they must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.”
Newark is one of five municipalities in the state participating in the pilot program funded through the Federal Highway Administration. New Jersey ranks 14th nationally in pedestrians killed. There were 402 pedestrians killed and another 13,000 injured from 2009 to 2011.
Arnold Anderson is coordinating the Newark efforts, which include all law enforcement agencies in the city, in addition to ECC. He is coordinator for curriculum development, Essex County Community Traffic Safety Program at the Essex County College Police Academy.