Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) - Burlington County is hoping to make one of its major highways a little safer for pedestrians with a little help from New Jersey.
Route 130 cuts a 22.5 mile path through a dozen towns in the county. Police departments will share in a $225,000 grant to provide more patrols along the highway over the next 18 months.
Thirteen people were killed walking along the highway between 2007 and 2011.
And while the extra patrols will help, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says pedestrians have to exercise what he calls “common sense.”
“If you’re going to walk on heavily travelled roads where the cars are going fast, that’s a highway area, you really need to take care,” says Chiesa.
Like crossing only at traffic lights, wear reflective clothing at night and walk facing the oncoming traffic.