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Hoboken not safe for cars!

NW Hoboken continues to be stolen rim headquarters

Unreal – we have a string of evidence in this post alone, about how the NW area of the city is the “Newark of Hoboken.” This happened just to the north of Shoprite.

I can see how this is possible, though – because it doesn’t take more than 3 minutes max to get all four rims off a car these days with high-power battery-operated impact wrenches readily available.

And what would a “Warning: Do NOT park your car here if you want to KEEP your rims!” sign cost the city? Like a under $100. Would save a lot of headaches for drivers (and police.)

You can imagine the city trying to spin this into a “get out of your cars” initiative.

But just try riding your bicycle on your first date in 25 degree weather. Odds of scoring? Zero.

stolen rims hoboken NJ

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Road work landmarks

Silver lining: Road work landmarks help with directions

Seems like every single road in Hoboken has some kind of street construction or repair going on. Heck, they can even pave the roads in just a day or two. But not here. Non stop road closures. There is a bright side though, all these signs can serve as handy “road work landmarks” for lost motorists.

“How do I get to the hospital?”

“Well, ma’am, head down Garden street, make a right at the orange “Road work ahead” sign, and you’ll see it in two blocks.”

Good luck with parking, though…

road work landmarks in Hoboken NJ

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Buzzed Driving?

Bogus “Buzzed driving is drunk driving” fear campaign!

While out Christmas shopping all over the state of NJ this month – we’ve noticed a TON of these “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” announcement signs everywhere.

Are you the one that soaks it all up and just follows the herd? Or do you question really what is behind this mass marketed mental programming?

buzzed driving is drunk driving NOT hoboken New Jersey DUI BAC

What alcohol “law” is there when you have arbitrary punishments?

The NJ Attorney General’s office says:

“In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving if he/she operates a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater. BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in your blood. Although the law refers to a 0.08 percent BAC, you can be convicted of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor even when your BAC is below 0.08 percent.”

Read that sentence again. “Although the LAW refers to (one thing) you can be convicted (arbitrarily despite a documented law)….”

So what exactly can you be convicted for? A psuedo law? Because someone “thought” you were bad?

Meanwhile, the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission takes a somewhat different stance regarding DUI: “The ONLY scientific way to determine whether a driver is under the influence is through blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Your BAC can be tested with a simple Breathalyzer test. In New Jersey, a person with a BAC of 0.08% or greater who operates a motor vehicle or a boat is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI).”

So what is it? (And look at the Chinese menu of fines and penalties they’ve snuck in there for “violating” these laws).

The “law” is as simple as the mood a cop is in that day

Well, DWI Defense Attorneys Villani & DeLuca out of Point Pleasant, NJ say this: “Under the Limit Can Still Result in DWI! It is important to address a common misconception. A BAC of less than 0.08% does not mean you will always avoid a DWI charge. Police can decide you are intoxicated based on the “totality” of the circumstances, including your performance in the field sobriety tests, your speech, other behavior and your driving conduct. If you have any amount of alcohol in your system and it can be shown that the alcohol influenced your driving abilities, you can still be charged with DWI.”

You see that? What is the point of having a “law” with “scientific” measurements – if all it takes is some cop with a bad attitude to fuck with you?

What about people who are just bad drivers all the time? Or have bad coordination? Or a speech impediment? Even a sip of wine could crush them with thousands in fines!

And more importantly – if they’re going all-out with the “buzz” surrounding alcohol, maybe it’s time to amend the laws to make drinking, TEXTING and driving at the same time mandatory 10 year jail sentences. I bet most of the drunk driving accidents these days involved cell phone usage too.

Regardless – it will always be true that it’s best not to screw around regardless of how capable you think you are. Just never drink and drive!

Corralling Pedestrians

Is pedestrian traffic cop necessary in Hoboken?

A lot of folks in Hoboken have been bitching lately about the pedestrian traffic change down near Hudson Place. Many people are upset about the fact that they cannot cross Hudson Place at Hudson Street, but have to cross at River Street instead (during rush hours only).

Hoboken Police said this was necessary for the proper flow of vehicles to make the turn onto Hudson Place. Because otherwise heads-down, cellphone-obsessed pedestrians just get in the way, and cause a traffic backlog onto Observer Highway, as well as up Hudson Street and even onto Newark Street.

I personally think this is a logical strategic maneuver to keep things flowing better.

However, do you think that rather than having to pay for an extra person on the job, they should just construct permanent barriers to prevent access altogether?

Pedestrian traffic change in Hoboken NJ

Ravi Bhalla Ethics Violations

Local Finance Board: Bhalla Violated Ethics Law

Last week (December 12th), the Local Finance Board for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) formally ruled that Hoboken Councilman “at large” Ravi Bhalla violated Ethics Law when it came to his Yes vote approving a contract for his buddy Paul Condon whom he had a close business relationship with.

The board said that his relationship impaired his objectivity (obviously with the “favorable” vote), and regardless of the vote outcome, Bhalla’s abuse of “power,” created an appearance of impropriety. What would you expect from these narcissistic politicians and lawyers the minute they get the taste of authority over other people’s money.

Bhalla should resign immediately. Because the next thing you know, this slime might just be the “mayor” of this city (keep an eye on who will get appointed council president, by the way…)

See ruling here.

Ravi Bhalla Ethics Violations Hoboken NJ Local Finance Board DCA

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Teens for Jeans

Teens for Jeans donation bin in Hoboken NJ

Have any jeans you don’t want anymore? Well, instead of throwing them out, or taking them to the Salvation Army in Jersey City – Hoboken High School’s Dimitri Rodriguez is taking part in the Teens for Jeans campaign:

“I’m currently running a community service project at my school called Teens for Jeans. Over a million young people experience homelessness in the United States every year and one of the most requested items that young people in homeless shelters ask for is a pair of jeans. There is a bin in the lobby of City Hall and is running until February 13, 2015. We only accept jeans of any size and color. I would great appreciate it so the word can get out around Hoboken.”

Teens for Jeans Hoboken NJ