NJ Town Wants Residential Streets Removed From Navigational Apps

Navigational apps interfere with public right

Below is a story from earlier this month about how “officials” up in Leonia, NJ have (or are trying to) make it ILLEGAL to drive on certain streets.

Residents are complaining, because of technology.

Drivers who rely on “apps” like Waze or Google Maps, find shortcuts around traffic jams by taking small detours through residential neighborhoods.

The stupid, it burns.

  1. For one – who the hell do these officials in Leonia think they are? Those are public roads, and they have to allow anyone to drive on them. Period. No exceptions. They should focus on WHY there are traffic jams in the first place, and fix those.
  2. Two, those residents are idiots as well. It’s what happens when you live on the outskirts of a problematic area. Sorry. You don’t like it? Move somewhere more quiet. Like a cul-de-sac or other kind of dead-end.

See? Technology causes all sorts of problems.

NJ Town Wants Residential Streets Removed From Navigational Apps

Article: CBS2

Leonia’s drastic traffic experiment will take place later this month.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, the sleepy, little New Jersey town, a quarter-mile from the George Washington Bridge, is declaring 60 residential streets off-limits to drivers who use them as cut-throughs.

Residents say they are sick of traffic tie-ups caused by commuters short-cutting.

“They should stay on the highway,” said Carlos Gomez, of Leonia. “Why bother us?”

Leonia

A car drives down a residential street in Leonia, New Jersey. (credit: CBS2)

The ordinance establishes a $200 fine for short-cutters. But Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler said it’s really all about those apps.

“The main reason and driver behind this legislation is to get the navigational apps like Waze, Google Maps and others to remove our side streets from their algorithms and not offer them as recommendations,” he said.

“They will do that once this legislation takes effect.”

The mayor said the legislation gives the navigational apps no choice but to warn drivers that cutting through could cut into their wallets.

A spokesperson for Waze did not immediately return CBS2’s calls. But in the past, it has not opposed such tactics to remove local roads.

Zeigler said drivers without yellow tags proving residency could find themselves stopped by one of Leonia’s 18 police officers and questioned.

“The first thing the officer is going to say is, ‘Do you have business in Leonia?’” the mayor said.

“We do truly believe that there’s no issue of legality here,” he said.

Zeigler said the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a town’s right to control access to roads as long as residents and emergency vehicles are not denied access.

It remains to be seen if Leonia’s approach to traffic control and getting off the apps will spread problems to surrounding towns, forcing those places to follow its lead.

The new law only applies to Leonia’s residential side streets, and not the town’s three major roads.

 

navigational apps BS

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