Carpool Lane Violation in New Jersey
Carpool lanes, also known as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, are intended to ease traffic, particularly during rush hour. In New Jersey, they are located between Interchange 11 and Interchange 14. By having commuters ride together, there are fewer cars on the road and those who do get to ride on this less congested lane.
As expected, some rules go with using HOV lanes. For instance, commercial vehicles are not allowed to use these lanes but motorcycles and bicycles are. Hybrid cars have access while other vehicles need to have three or more people to use the HOV lane.
In addition to access rules, there are set times during which these lanes can be used. You can head north between 6 am and 9 am on weekdays and south between 4 pm and 7 pm.
HOV Lane Ticket in NJ
Breaking any of these rules could result in being issued a ticket. In New Jersey, a first offender will be required to pay a $50 fine, second offenders pay a fine of $100, third offenders $200, fourth-time offenders pay $400, and anyone making a fifth or more offense are charged $500.
Rather than going through the court process, most drivers believe that it is easier to just pay the fine rather than fight the ticket, especially in New Jersey where you can make the payments online.
However, it is important to know that paying off the HOV lane ticket is a declaration of guilt. This could reflect on your driving record for three and five years. This is why contesting the ticket is the way to go; and we can help you with that.
Fighting Carpool Lane Tickets in NJ
If you are accused of committing an HOV lane violation, you should contact us immediately. Maneuvering through the traffic court system is not always straightforward; you need to have a NJ lawyer who understands how to navigate through the defense process effectively.
At The Law Office of Benjamin Friedman, we have years of experience in handling traffic violation cases and are familiar with the customs and procedures of the courts. Also, we always work hard to ensure that you get the best possible result for your situation.
We’ll take a look at the circumstances of the alleged violation and advise you on the most reasonable course of action should you go to court. We also see how the ticket could affect your insurance by examining the cost analysis of going to court versus paying the ticket as well as whether taking a driver’s education class will impact your driving record.
Moving Violation Lawyer in NJ
If you are facing an HOV lane violation charge in New Jersey, call the Law Office of Benjamin Friedman today for a consultation on the next steps. We are well-versed in New Jersey moving violations and can help you get the violation dismissed or reduced.