October 20, 2017

NJ State Police Ticketing Frenzy

Have you seen this email, or one similar?

New Jersey State Police Ticketing information

Starting Wednesday August 12th the New Jersey State Police launched a 30 day speeding ticket campaign. The state estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated from the speeding tickets issued during this campaign. There will be at least 50 New Jersey State Troopers on duty at all times patrolling the 9 major routes in the state (see the list below). They can justify issuing a ticket to anyone traveling 5 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. Every state trooper is supposed to issue between 3 and 6 tickets per hour.

The state has issued 30 new un-marked Crown Victoria’s and all part-time officers will be working full time during this campaign. The price of a violation to show driver’s license, registration and insurance card at the time you are stopped increased from $44 to $173 and the fine for not having these documents is now $519. The fine for using a hand-held cell phone while driving is $180.

The routes are as follows:
1-295 North and South
1-95 New Jersey Turnpike North and South
1-80 East and West
1-287 North and South
1-78 East and West
1-195 East and West
1-280 East and West
Route 130 North and South
Garden State Parkway North and South

Well, don’t let it worry you too much; there is no truth to the email, according to Snopes.com. The email first appeared in 2005, and versions of it have appeared over the last few years adapted to a number of states, including Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, California, and others, even Hawaii.

For more info, check this link on Snopes.com:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/traffic/speeding.asp

Lest anyone misunderstand, I’m not advocating speeding under any circumstances. With most motorcoach governors being set at around 70 MPH or lower these days, highway speeding is rare anyway. But false emails shouldn’t be part of traffic enforcement, whatever their source.

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.