If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.
A New Jersey State Police trooper who allegedly caused a car accident in March along the Camden County Highway has been indicted for drunk driving.
Earlier this week, a New Jersey police officer lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. The officer, who was a member of the police force in Hamilton Township, approximately 70 miles south of Bergen County, was not on duty when the fatal motorcycle crash occurred.
Last week, in a display of creative law enforcement, an Elmwood Park police officer put on plain clothes and spent three hours walking back and forth across Broadway to test local drivers' knowledge of the state's relatively new pedestrian crossing law. However, the measure turned out to be successful: police officers issued 93 tickets to drivers for noncompliance with the law.
Last week, a New Jersey police officer suffered serious injuries after his police cruiser collided with another vehicle as he was responding to a police call. Both the officer and the other driver suffered serious injuries in the car accident, but they are expected to make a full recovery. The reason for the accident remains under investigation.
A New Jersey woman was killed and two police officers injured after two related car accidents on the New Jersey Turnpike.
As states across the country face record budget deficits, many Americans have seen their property taxes rise to fund necessary city-provided services like road maintenance, education, and emergency services. Even with those property tax increases, cities have continued to struggle with their finances and have become resourceful in order to meet their bottom line. One common proposal in cities across the country has been the implementation of a crash tax, which would impose fees on those involved in car accidents to help pay for emergency police and fire response and accident clean-up. Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that the majority of Americans oppose such crash taxes.
In 2008, a New Jersey man was injured during an arrest by New Jersey state troopers. He died a week later. Now, the man's father has filed a lawsuit against several New Jersey departments and individuals alleging that law enforcement officers caused his son's wrongful death and seeking damages to compensate for the death and for the alleged violation of his civil rights. However, following a criminal investigation, all officers involved with the 2008 arrest have been declared not responsible for the man's death, so the father may have a difficult road ahead as he pursues the lawsuit.