NJ State Police Deny Ticket-Blitz Rumors
May 3, 2007 (WPVI) -- New Jersey State Police have been taking a lot of heat in the wake of Governor Corzine's accident. A state trooper was driving the vehicle at 91 miles an hour. Now, there are rumors that some state troopers are fighting back.
The rumors are being fueled by chat on a trooper's union website that they want to launch a ticket-writing blitz to get back at their critics. State police officials and the union leadership said it's not true.
"If they wrote it or if they didn't write it, it's not sanctioned, endorsed. It's never happened and it won't happen," said union president, Trooper Dave Jones.
Angry about how they've been treated by some media lately, recent postings on the password-protected website of the State Troopers Fraternal Association support the idea of an all-out ticket blitz.
One blogger writes: "Great idea. Absolutely hammer everyone (obviously except cops and family) who does 1 mph over the limit. Let's really give them something to complain about."
Another writes: "Better start pre-writing my summonses."
"What they did was create this controversy and put their fellow troopers in harm's way," said Jones.
Jones contends that because a radio station has been talking up the alleged ticket blitz, some drivers are challenging and confronting troopers on the road.
"Don't they have anything better to do? I mean there's real crime," said Phil Cichetti of Jackson.
"Do they really do it? It just lends credence to what we think they do," said Vince Jacobs of Mt. Laurel.
State Police superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes has told his commanders that any kind of a ticket blitz will not be tolerated and instructed them to monitor the situation.
The number of tickets actually written since the first of the month will not be available until next week. The number of daily trooper traffic stops between the end of April and the beginning of May showed nothing out of the ordinary.
"This is nonsense,. It has no validity. It's not happening and the numbers speak for themselves," Jones said.
"If I deserve it, I should get (a ticket). If they're just giving it out arbitrarily, I resent that," said Rosalie Cutitta of Delran.
Jones said the talk about the ticket-blitz was nothing but venting by troopers on a website that they thought was secure.
(Copyright 2007 by Action News and 6abc. All Rights Reserved.)
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