A New Jersey state trooper pulled a driver over after his passenger was video recording out the window.
The cop told the occupants that it was illegal to video record on the Garden State Parkway because it was a “private roadway” or “semi-private roadway.”
The driver ended up receiving a ticket for “videotaping on authority property.”
The trooper even went as far as advising them to place the camera in the trunk of the car to avoid future confrontations.
Turns out, there is such a law that forbids video recording from a moving car on the New Jersey turnpike.
But the purpose of the law is to prevent people from stopping their cars or driving at extremely slow speeds. That doesn’t appear to be the case here.
And while the parkway does require drivers to pay a toll to access, it is hardly a private roadway.
Perhaps New Jersey officials have a different concept of what constitutes private. Last year, a transit guard told me it was illegal to take photos in the parking lot of a light rail station because it was “private property” that “belongs to the state.”
Below is the first portion of the law. Click here to read the entire law.
(a) To insure the health, safety and welfare of motorists, the general public and the Authority, no person shall be permitted to park, stop, stand or travel at a slow speed in violation of N.J.S.A. 27:23-27, for the purpose of taking photographs, videos or motion pictures (hereinafter collectively “film”) on the Roadway, except as provided in (b) below or except as otherwise authorized pursuant to (c) or (d) below.
According to the Youtube description, the incident took place in April but the driver said he was asked to remove it after it got 20,000 views.
However, after consulting with the ACLU, he reposted the video on Monday. Unfortunately, he covered the cop’s face.
I sent him a message requesting an interview, but he hasn’t gotten back to me yet.