This just in – New Jersey State Police records show that Garden State Parkway traffic tickets increased a whopping 61% compared to this time last year.
With the summer driving season quickly approaching, it’s not a coincidence that gas prices, prices on seasonal items, and traffic ticket numbers go up. Law enforcement say issuing tickets on the Garden State Parkway is a necessary step to deterring reckless driving and it encourages safe driving. Critics point out that hefty fines – including a $250 state surcharge for the 0-point statute often offered as part of a plea bargain negotiation – are being pushed especially heavily now in the tough economy as New Jersey and municipalites statewide are struggling to make their budgets.
A significant increase of trucker tickets was also noted.
Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson recently questioned whether troopers have been aggressive in going after truckers who committed speeding and other traffic violations on the Garden State Parkway. Simpson says he didn’t direct the increase but is pleased to see that it has occurred.
So what’s a trucker to do if he or she wants to keep on truckin’? Traffic tickets can not only be a financial burden on them and their companies, but can also lead to points, fines, Commerical Driver’s License suspension and a trucker may even lose his or her job. The very first call a trucker should make upon receiving a ticket on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey is to make is to his employer. Trying to cover up roadside incidents is never a good idea. Many companies even have reporting policies that should be adhered to as closely as possible. Next the trucker should call an experienced lawyer to find out how to handle what could become a very messy situation.