Beginning May 1, members of the New Jersey State Police Troop A will be working in conjunction with the South Jersey Transportation Authority’s (SJTA) Information and Tolls Technology Department on their annual toll violation enforcement program.

“We’ve identified specific interchanges along the Atlantic City Expressway (ACE) which historically have a higher than average violation rate,” said Stephen F. Dougherty, SJTA’s Executive Director. “This program will ensure those drivers who deliberately attempt to avoid paying their fair share will be issued a summons on the spot.”

ACE encompasses 47 miles of roadway extending from Atlantic City through Atlantic, Camden and Gloucester counties, ending at Route 42, approximately 10 miles east of Philadelphia. The operation and maintenance of the roadway is supported exclusively by tolls collected at two barrier toll plazas and seven entrances and exit interchanges.

“Because no state tax money is used to support ACE, it is imperative violators, especially repeat offenders, are identified and fined,” added Dougherty. “The bottom-line is it is not fair for some to pay while others do not.”

The enforcement program is an ongoing initiative.

“It is not our intention to perform a clandestine effort to generate revenue for the Authority,” said Dougherty, “and are therefore reaching out to numerous media outlets to make sure the public is aware of our undertaking well in advance of its commencement. Truth be told, we are hoping the added police presence will result in zero violations, but more importantly, remind drivers to slow down, avoid texting and to practice safe driving habits.”

The SJTA reported 51,121,893 toll-paying vehicles travelling ACE from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

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