GLOUCESTER TWP. — Six in-street pedestrian crossing signs were installed Thursday on Almonsesson Road, West Church Street and Lakeland Road where the township’s bicycle and walking path crosses the roadways.
These crossings were recently legally changed to pedestrian crosswalks.
These new reflective, high visibility signs are used to remind drivers of the law regarding right of way at pedestrian crossings. A 2010 law requires motorists to come to a complete stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks as well as for pedestrians crossing at intersections where there are no marked crosswalks.
The law is referred to as “Casey’s Law” and was named for 21 year old Casey Feldman who was killed in July 2009 as she crossed 14th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City. She was crossing the street in a crosswalk at an intersection controlled by 4-way stop signs, during daylight hours when she was struck by a distracted driver.
Additionally, the New Jersey Department of Transportation installed a new crosswalk on the Black Horse Pike at Central Avenue. This crosswalk will allow pedestrians to safely cross the Black Horse Pike in the area of the township branch of the Camden County Library as well as the adjacent area where frequent township events are held.