GLEN ROCK, NJ - A word to the wise: do not go through a police check point while on your cell phone.
Two motorists were cited for driving through the check point while talking on their cellphones on May 3 precisely when they were driving through a vehicle inspection check point along Maple Avenue at Harding Plaza, according to police.
The Glen Rock Police Department, in conjunction with the NJ State Motor Vehicle Commission, held a vehicle inspection check point along Maple Avenue at Harding Plaza. The operation, held several times a year, is designed to remove dangerous vehicles from the road and promote safe driving practices. The checkpoint also had the added benefit of allowing 52 motorists, whose vehicles were due for inspection, to have their vehicles inspected free of charge with only a short wait.
A total of 83 summonses were issued to vehicles found with safety violations.
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. 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.