Staying Safe and Legal
Safety should be every motorist’s goal.
But emergency situations do arise, and information on
the following pages can help all motorists travel New
Jersey’s roadways in a safe and courteous manner.
In the following chapters, also find information on
penalties motorists will be subject to for breaking
New Jersey’s motor vehicle regulations, and what
specific services MVC facilities provide.
Keeping New Jersey’s roadways safe is every mo-
Road signs and traffic signals indicate an array of infor-
mation that helps motorists to remain safe and courte-
ous on the roads. Obeying the many signals and signs
is a necessary component of keeping New Jersey road-
ways safe at all times.
Learn what each sign and signal means.
Signs provide Regulatory, Warning and Guidance indications.
Signs and signals regulate traffic speed and movement; warn of
hazards that may otherwise be difficult to see; and, guide motor-
ists to destinations by clearly identifying routes.
When traffic signals are hung vertically, the red light is always on
top, and the yellow light is always directly below the red light and
directly above the green light. If there is a green turn arrow, it will
always be on the bottom.
If the traffic signal is hung horizontally, the red light is always on
Motorists must stop before the intersection or crosswalk and re-
main stopped until the light changes to green.
Traffic should stop before entering an intersection or crosswalk
for a yellow light unless the vehicle is too close to the intersection
to stop safely. A yellow arrow means the signal is changing from
green to red, and gives the driver a chance to stop safely.
Proceed through the intersection.
When shown as an arrow in combination with the red signal, proceed
only as shown by the arrow. Be cautious and yield to pedestrians.
Flashing Yellow Light
Slow down and proceed through intersectio