[Editor: This is the text of a news release from the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA).]
SJTA Enlists State Police to Crackdown on Toll Evaders on Atlantic City Expressway
Hammonton, NJ — May 23, 2017 — Members of the New Jersey State Police Atlantic City Expressway Station are working in conjunction with the South Jersey Transportation Authority’s (SJTA) Information & Toll Technology and Operations Departments on their toll violation enforcement program.
“This important enforcement program is an initiative the SJTA pursues at various times throughout the year,” said Stephen F. Dougherty, SJTA’s Executive Director. “It ensures those drivers who deliberately attempt to avoid paying the toll will be issued a summons on the spot.”
The Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) encompasses 47 miles of roadway extending from Atlantic City through Atlantic, Camden and Gloucester counties, ending at Route 42, approximately 10 miles east of Philadelphia. The operation and maintenance of the roadway is supported exclusively by tolls collected at two barrier toll plazas and eight entrance and exit interchanges.
“Because no state tax money is used to support ACE, it is important violators, especially those who intentionally and repeatedly avoid paying their toll, are identified and fined. The bottom-line is no one gets a free ride,” stressed Dougherty.
“Truth be told, we are hoping the added police presence will result in zero violations, but more importantly the increased police visibility will remind drivers to slow down, stop texting behind the wheel and practice safe driving habits,” Dougherty added. This is particularly important now as the Expressway is anticipating a stronger than usual increase in traffic with the approach of summer.
The SJTA reported 51,825,590 toll-paying vehicles traveling ACE from January 1 to December 31, 2016.
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Mark Amorosi, Communications Manager, SJTA