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'No Turn on Red' in Effect at Fair Lawn Avenue, Saddle River Road

Officials banned the turns in order to improve pedestrian safety at the busy intersection.

"No turn on red" signs were installed at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Century Road. Photo: Jim Leggate.
"No turn on red" signs were installed at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Century Road. Photo: Jim Leggate.
A ban on right-on-red turns at the intersection of Saddle River Road with Fair Lawn Avenue and Century Road is now being enforced.

"No turn on red" signs were recently installed at the intersection after the Fair Lawn Council approved the ban last month.

The change was designed to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection where there are three bus stops, a temple/school and a county bike path, officials said. 

Sam Racenstein, whose wife was hit by a car at the intersection in 2012, said last month that he believed the ban was a good first step, but more improvements are still needed.

Bergen County Administrator Ed Trawinski previously said the county was also working on further changes to the intersection, but they needed to first get state approval to use a sliver of Green Acres park land.
dmp January 25, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I think the sign need to be a little larger or post some stakes in the ground I knew about I live in fair lawn but if I did not look up I would not have see the sign posted on light post .thanks
Concerned January 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Funny, wouldn't you be looking up anyway at the light and coming to a COMPLETE stop before turning right on red anyway? Too many drivers think right on red is a RIGHT, not a privilege to be used only when no other cars are approaching and no pedestrians and bike riders are in the crosswalks.
Tony Dadika January 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM
That sign is in the perfect spot, not like others that are on your right, on the sidewalk, and behind you when you stop.
FairLawn Resident January 27, 2014 at 06:39 PM
I think the sign is dumb and a sign warning people to "RIght on Red AFter STop" is much more appropriate. Unless they change the timing of the stop lights, this will cause trafffic backups.
Deleted because of harassment January 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM
If you don't understand that you are supposed to stop and look before you turn. you have no business being behind the wheel in the first place. The sign is in the correct spot, where you can see it as you look at the light. I beat a ticket in New Milford because the "No Turn on Red" sign was obstructed behind other signs on the corner and not visible to drivers stopped there. The town moved the sign on the judge's order when I came in with photos showing I could not have seen it. The law in NJ requires you to come to a complete stop before turning, and that at any light without a posted prohibition to make the turn, a driver can do so after stopping. Idiots make their own rules, don't stop, and just turn anyway - as they do at FL Ave. and River Road all the time, despite the signs and pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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