Dave Miles on Pedestrian Safety

Director of Public Safety, Dave Miles

It’s that time of year when colleges and universities, as well as town schools, are open. This brings many more pedestrians in the areas crossing streets.

You must always take steps to be safe when walking and crossing roadways.

Whenever you are walking or crossing a street, you should always keep these safety tips in mind:

• Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.

• Before crossing, always look both ways

• Watch out for any vehicles turning on red

• Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.

• It is safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if a sidewalk is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.

• Avoid distractions such as electronic devices that take your attention off the road.


In New Jersey, the law is that a motorist MUST stop for a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk. Never assume that a driver will stop just because you are in the crosswalk. Make sure vehicles in both directions have stopped before you proceed.

We at the university are working with local as well as county and state agencies to make the area around the campus safe for all pedestrians.

Signs, such as the one in the photo, have been placed on the campus to try to bring more attention to pedestrian safety to both the driver as well as the pedestrians.

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An advisory sign bringing more attention to pedestrian safety.

As both drivers and pedestrians, distractions must be avoided and as the signs say: Heads Up, Phones Down

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If at any time you have any questions or concerns regarding Public Safety, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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