GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Police Department issued 76 summonses for vehicle safety violations, plus six for talking on cellphones, during a July 16 inspection check point operated in conjunction with the NJ State Motor Vehicle Commission.
The operation, held several times a year, is designed to remove dangerous vehicles from the road and promote safe driving practices, police said.
These types of local checkpoints were instituted when the NJ Motor Vehicle commission eliminated the safety testing portion of motor vehicle inspections as a cost savings measure in 2010, now testing only for emissions, police said. Despite this elimination of mechanical inspections, local law enforcement is still responsible to cite motorists for equipment out of compliance or failure to make repairs.
The checkpoint, held July 16 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. along Maple Avenue and Harding Plaza, "also had the added benefit of allowing 45 motorists, whose vehicles were due for inspection, to have their vehicles inspected free of charge with only a short wait," police said.