ASSEMBLY, No. 508

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2012 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† NELSON T. ALBANO

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman †MATTHEW W. MILAM

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman† THOMAS P. GIBLIN

District 34 (Essex and Passaic)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman McHose, Assemblyman DeAngelo, Assemblywoman Handlin, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblywoman Casagrande and Assemblyman Space

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Prohibits certain agencies from establishing checkpoints limited to specific vehicle types.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

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An Act concerning certain motor vehicle stops and supplementing Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† No law enforcement agency shall conduct a roadside checkpoint or other systematic inspection of vehicles on the highways of this State that is limited to a certain type of vehicle.

†††† The provisions of this section shall not apply to roadside checkpoint or inspection of commercial vehicles as defined in section 3 of P.L.1990, c.103 (C.39:3-10.11).

†††† This section shall not be construed to restrict or limit any other type of checkpoint or roadblock which is lawful.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing checkpoints limited to certain types of vehicles. This bill would require that all checkpoints include all types of vehicles, but would not restrict any other type of checkpoint or roadblock.

†††† New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Washington have recently enacted similar legislation in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís (NHTSA) funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints to stop motorcyclists to check equipment and vehicle paperwork.

†††† The NHTSA program, which began in New York State and is continuing in Georgia, encourages states to establish checkpoints where only motorcycles are pulled over.

†††† This bill would prohibit the profiling of any specific vehicle type when establishing a law enforcement checkpoint or roadblock.