Anyone who has passed through Brick Plaza, Target, or Walmart in Brick knows how busy these areas are each and every day. The parking lots become overcrowded, with pedestrians of all ages wandering from here to there—some completely disregarding the cross-walks. Many people are unclear on the rules regarding who has the right-of-way. For this reason, countless drivers forget to stop for pedestrians at a cross-walk. If a police officer happens to observe your failure to stop for pedestrians as they cross the street in a cross-walk, you will likely find yourself with a ticket for a N.J.S.A. 39:4-36 violation.
Traffic charges may seem minor, but they can certainly add up over time. Each offense may leave you with points added to your license. Once you reach 12 points, you will lose your driving privileges. Thus, too many traffic violations will put you at risk of losing your driver’s license. The traffic defense attorneys at Villani & DeLuca—founding partner Carmine R. Villani, Esq. and Timothy Horn, Esq.—have extensive experience handling traffic matters throughout Ocean and Monmouth County.
A guilty conviction under N.J.S.A. 39:4-36 will result in a fine of $200. An offender may also be ordered to complete up to 15 days of community service. If personal injury to a pedestrian resulted after the driver failed to stop, then the driver may face a fine up to $500, possible jail time up to 25 days, or a driver’s license suspension up to 6 months, or both, at the discretion of the court.
If you are facing charges for failure to stop for a pedestrian at a cross-walk, you will defend your charges at the Brick Township Municipal Court. Do not simply plead guilty and pay the fine. You should speak to a traffic defense attorney before making any legal decisions.