Since April 1, 2010, motorists who see pedestrians in a marked stop must fully stop, and stay stopped. Unfortunately, the state website isn’t clear, and in turn, local enforcement “stings” have been set-up.
When a pedestrian crosses, you must not move your stopped vehicle forward, until the pedestrian has fully crossed the street, and reached the curb on the opposite side.
What is clear in the statute, but not in the info generally provided, is that if you proceed when the pedestrian has left your lane – but not the crosswalk – legally speaking, you have violated the New Jersey pedestrian statute.
This is a 2 point violation with a $200 fine along with court costs. So, please be safe, and always obey the law. Visit njaccidentbook.com for more info and a free book that details what to do if you're ever in an accident.