Be more careful driving this month!
Cops all over NJ may be watching you more closely
Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate the job that the Hoboken Police have to do. It’s an under-appreciated profession, and the PD is often the scapegoat for mismanagement at City Hall.
It’s true that there is no way for the PD to be in every spot at every moment – to issue summonses to every individual that breaks one the millions of laws we have on the books. But let’s face it – the police department for Hoboken, or any other city for that matter – can be considered a revenue stream. From parking tickets, to disorderly persons, or one of the myriad of moving violations in the state of New Jersey.
While it might be easy to assume any city may issue “quotas” for moving violations, but from what I heard, that is supposedly illegal, and no Police Chief in his right mind would ever stand for it.
But for those of you that may have been subjected to a police pullover recently – you should know that the last two weeks have been “Click it or Ticket” 2010 in New Jersey (ends on June 6th) – and there is a strong statewide push on violators of seat belt laws. And did you know that last month it became LAW in New Jersey that ALL occupants of a vehicle MUST wear their seat belts?
Cell phones while driving also easy targets
Another thing you should be aware of is, that the cell phone while driving statute was classified as a “primary offense” last year – and to many officers – this is as easy as picking cherries off a tree.
One other tip that may help you in Hoboken: Based on my observations of the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel for the past 15 years (yes – I tuned in way before I started 411 in 2006) – that the time period you should be most careful when driving in Hoboken is the 4pm – Midnight period. It’s apparent that shift is more aggressive with MV violations than other shifts. So use your evening commute to listen to some calming music and relax – instead of chatting on the phone.
Hoboken411 doesn’t agree with the cell phone law by any means. You can become “distracted” by fiddling with your dashboard controls in your car just as easily. I consider this law to be yet another way to TAX residents of NJ.
My alternative suggestion is a bit more complicated. I know some people that can barely do more that one thing at a time without fumbling, but there are others (like myself) that have such amazing skills of multi-tasking – that using a cell phone while driving presents zero added danger. What the NJ DMV should create is – driver skill ratings for each drivers license. During your drivers test (which should be taken YEARLY) – you’re presented with a varying array of mental acuity, aggressive driving, attention span tests, and many more. For those more advanced – get a higher rating, and thus less of these fruity laws apply to you. Those that perform horribly on their capability tests would be banned from using cell phones, etc. Just a thought.