Operating a Motor Vehicle on a sidewalk – NJSA 39:4-71
The NJ Law: N.J.S.A. 39:4-71
The New Jersey law which prohibits Operating a Motor Vehicle on a sidewalk provides:
“No person shall drive or back a horse or vehicle across, or allow the same to stand on a sidewalk unless it be in crossing the sidewalk to go into a yard or lot, and then not without the consent of the owner of the premises. This section shall not prohibit the passing of a horse or vehicle over a sidewalk in front of an alley or passageway with the owner’s consent, or any municipality from driving or operating or causing to be driven or operated along or over the sidewalks within the municipality any vehicle for the purpose of maintaining or cleaning said sidewalks.”
NJ MVC Points and Penalties
If you are convicted of or plead guilty to Operating a Motor Vehicle on a sidewalk – NJSA 39:4-71, The Court may fine you up to $50 (39:4-203), if you commit this moving violation in a designated safe corridor or a construction zone, the fine is increased to $72, court costs up to $33 (N.J.S.A. 22A:3-4) and a $6 assessment (N.J.S.A. 39:5-41). The Court may also imprison you up to 15 days in jail (39:4-203).
Operating a Motor Vehicle on a sidewalk (N.J.S.A. 39:4-71) is a violation listed in the N.J.S.A. Point Schedule and the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission will add 2 points to your New Jersey Driving record if convicted.
The Law Firm of Richard Huizenga is here to help
A driving on a sidewalk conviction can have serious consequences, you may have to pay court-imposed fines and penalties. To prevent this from happening, you will need the help of a dedicated and experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer. Contact The Law Firm of Richard Huizenga who specializes in New Jersey traffic ticket law at (732) 500-4688 for a free consultation.