Corzine sides with drivers against speed traps
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Star-Ledger Staff

New Jersey drivers fed up with police speed traps may have a new champion in Gov. Jon Corzine.

After a caller to Corzine's first "Ask the Governor" show on NJ 101.5 last night complained about police who "hide in the bushes" to nab unsuspecting speeders, Corzine said he planned to find out exactly how widespread the practice was.

Corzine said speed checks can be useful when they are used to "calm people down" and "get their foot off the gas." But he said it's wrong "when we've decided this is the way to beat property taxes" and raise money through fines.

"These speed trap situations that are designed for revenues just aren't right and I know the public doesn't find it right and has legitimate gripes about it," Corzine said.

The governor said that after he gets "a better feel" for how big the problem is, "We'll do what we can do by using moral suasion and there's always the possibility you can use the stick of municipal aid."

The governor also joked that if he didn't have a state trooper driver himself, he'd probably be bashful about discussing his own driving record. Corzine received two speeding tickets before he held elected office.

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