Thanks to the technological advancements of the last decade, it's virtually impossible to go anywhere in public without potentially being recorded by a sophisticated surveillance system or even a cell phone camera. As evidenced by the popularity of reality shows, internet news sites and viral videos, many people might not actually mind this as much as you might think. However, there is still one forum on which no one wants to be recorded under any circumstances: red light cameras.
Back in April, our blog discussed how a New Jersey lawmaker asked a state trooper who pulled him over on his way to the Statehouse to give him a break on a speeding ticket.
A father in New Jersey may have saved his 5-year-old son's life. But that didn't stop him from being cited for a traffic violation. According to Fox News, the man took his young son to the banks of a New Jersey river to feed the ducks. But when the man briefly stopped his jeep before settling on a parking spot, the 5-year-old boy leapt from the vehicle and ran toward a ledge that towered 35 feet above the river. The man, fearing that his son might run off this ledge, also jumped out of his vehicle and caught his son just feet from the ledge.
A surprisingly high percentage of traffic accidents involve pedestrians. In neighboring New Jersey for example, 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2010 involved pedestrians, and 60 percent of the pedestrians who were killed were not killed by speeding cars but rather by jaywalking. Now Fort Lee, the New Jersey borough adjacent to the George Washington Bridge, is cracking down on jaywalkers in an attempt to increase public safety.
Much of the Tri-State area is abuzz this morning over reports that two New Jersey State Police troopers have been suspended without pay amid allegations that they provided a speeding caravan with an unauthorized police escort last month.
A New Jersey lawmaker is currently embroiled in something of a political scandal following revelations that he asked a state trooper who pulled him over on his way to the Statehouse to give him a break on a speeding ticket.
In vehicle traffic law news, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has released official figures on the number of cars and trucks using their thoroughfare following a rather significant toll increase in January. Not surprisingly, they show that many motorists may be seeking alternative routes.