Pedestrians need not misinterpret law

Iwould like to respond to the letter to the editor from Enrique Gonzalez Jr., “Drivers Must Yield Right of Way to Pedestrians” (Sentinel, Feb. 4).

While I did not see the original letter that prompted Mr. Gonzalez’s response, I agree with him that, by law, drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. The problem is that since the law was passed, a large number of pedestrians misinterpret the law as one that allows them to step out into road traffic even in the absence of a crosswalk, believing that cars should, and can, stop on a dime because pedestrians want to cross the road.

I have noticed this most frequently at Mid-State Mall, East Brunswick, in both the ShopRite and Best Buy parking lots. A woman once yelled at me because she said she had the right of way despite being nowhere near the crosswalk and crossing in the dark without any thought to oncoming traffic.

Karen J. Fitzpatrick

East Brunswick