August 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.

Kudos to New Jersey State Troopers

I’ve been railing on the Maryland State Troopers, but the picture isn’t all bad. There had been a real problem at the Molly Pitcher service area on the New Jersey Turnpike with trucks parking in the very limited bus parking there, leaving no room for buses. New Jersey State Troopers began ticketing the trucks there, as well as the occasional RV units that were parking in the bus parking area. Word spread, and today it’s rare to see a truck parked in the bus parking area. I was just there a couple of days ago again, and there were no trucks in the bus parking area. Good job, NJ Troopers!

Maryland State Troopers Still Don’t Get It

Maryland State Troopers in Bus Parking at Maryland House.

Maryland State Troopers in Bus Parking at Maryland House.

On the way back from a multi-coach move to Washington, DC on Wednesday (5/27/09), we pulled into the Maryland House on I-95 for a short break. Once again, there were Maryland State Trooper cars parked in the bus parking area — four of them. And I remembered to take pictures this time. I spoke briefly with one of the troopers as they came out of the rest stop; he was very friendly until I asked him why they were parked in the bus parking area. Then he became very defensive and brusk, telling me to call the state police barracks if I had a complaint. And quickly climbed into his car and took off, right past all the trucks parked illegally in the bus overflow parking. Apparently nothing has changed. License numbers of the cars included M 17, M 23, M 35, and M 40.

Maryland State Troopers Add to Parking Frustrations

On the way back from Washington, DC with my school group charter yesterday, I pulled into the Maryland House rest area on I-95, a frequent stop for motorcoaches traveling between DC and the Philadelphia area. I had two other coaches with me, and we had been fighting some of the heaviest traffic I’ve ever seen coming out of DC. We were ready for a break.

To our dismay, as we pulled into the busy rest stop, we found three Maryland state trooper’s cars occupying three bus parking spots! The troopers themselves were nowhere to be found. Fortunately, there were three additional spots left, so we were okay. But two more coaches who came soon after we arrived found nowhere to park. The overflow bus parking area was filled with tractor trailers — unticketed, of course, despite the regular presence of state troopers in the rest area.

As we were preparing to pull out almost 45 minutes later, the three troopers came out of the restaurant. I confronted them [Read more…]