Post by Rhino Post by BTR1701
NJ town to start fining people $200 for using GPS apps to cut through the
Except that once you know a shortcut through Leonia, you won't need the
GPS app any more.
According to the article, they're not actually punishing the use of the
app. You don't have to be using an app to get a ticket.
Basically, the city is issuing stickers to all the residents, which they
display on their cars, and anyone driving through a neighborhood without
a sticker can be pulled over and cited if they don't provide a 'valid
reason' for being there.
This implicates various constitutional issues. For example, I don't have
to provide a police officer my justification for being on a public road.
I don't have to tell him where I'm driving to or where I'm coming from
or why I am where I am. It's frankly none of the government's business.
It also would seem to be problematic for people who have friends and
family come to visit them. I'm not going to be very enthusiastic about
visiting my friend if I know every time I go to her house, I'm going to
have to endure a traffic stop by the cops.
I'd also anticipate some kind of legal action filed against the city by
any one of the various taxpayer watchdog groups to strip the city of any
tax money not collected locally. There's no reason the citizens in the
rest of the state should be paying to pave and maintain the roads in
Leonia if they're not allowed to drive on them.