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New Jersey: Watching Some of the Worst Drivers in the World

By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
April 08, 2010, 5:40AM


state-trooper-traffic.jpgLucas K. Murray / Gloucester County TimesNew Jersey State Police Sgt. Thomas Hollywood runs laser radar enforcement on Interstate 295 in Cherry Hill Township as part of an effort to control speeds and increase safety within NJDOT work zones in Gloucester and Camden counties.

One of my dreams is to someday visit Germany and have at my disposal a Mercedes, Porsche or BMW. I would head out to the autobahn and enjoy driving the way it is supposed to be done.

If I wasn’t in a hurry, I’d stay to the right. If I was in a hurry, I’d move to the left and the slower drivers would move over for me.

That’s my dream. My nightmare is driving in New Jersey, and I live it every day. Last week, for example, I was headed on Interstate 195 when I found myself stuck in a line of cars behind a Cadillac Escalade hogging the passing lane. The woman behind the wheel was chatting merrily on her cellphone, oblivious to all around her.

That wouldn’t happen in Germany. That lady would be on the bus. She’d never pass the driving test. Neither would most Jersey drivers, I imagine. Jersey drivers are awful.

That’s not just my opinion. That was also the opinion of a half-dozen state troopers I met on Tuesday during an event they put on for the press along Interstate 295 near Camden. The point of the exercise was to publicize the State Police presence along a stretch of the road that is under construction.

The cops set up shop on an overpass looking down on a spot where traffic was funneled into a couple of narrow cattle chutes formed by those "Jersey barriers" which are our state’s second most famous invention after the light bulb.

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