‘Safe corridors’ bill signed in New Jersey

| Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Drivers caught speeding along 13 New Jersey highways will now face doubled fines under legislation signed by the governor.

The new law also increases fines for certain commercial motor vehicle equipment violations and increases fines for out-of-state overweight trucks.

On July 15, Gov. James McGreevey signed A3527, allowing the state to designate several miles of road throughout the state as “safe corridors” based on accident rates, fatalities, traffic volume and other highway traffic safety criteria.

The fine for driving up to 9 mph above the speed limit in the corridors would climb from $78 to $156 under the plan, the Star-Ledger reported. Driving 20 to 24 mph over the limit could result in a $386 ticket, up from $193.

The tougher fines take effect in February. The additional revenue from fines will be split between the municipalities where drivers are ticketed and a new state fund to be used for highway safety projects.

The 13 stretches that received the safe corridor designation were various 10-mile sections on state Routes 1, 9, 22, 40, 46, 47, 73 and 206. They will be identified by road signs.

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