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--- Quote from: wanderer2575 on March 23, 2023, 09:23:18 AM ---
--- Quote from: ixnay on March 23, 2023, 07:49:17 AM ---Now back to the NJTP... I don't have time to search the thread, but has anybody ever read Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike by Michael Rockland and Angus Gillespie?  One factoid from that book I found intriguing is that photography on the Turnpike is prohibited and that one fellow from Virginia's Tidewater was arrested (IIRC he was acquitted) for photographing an accident that he narrowly avoided being in, but he felt he needed evidence for insurance purposes. 

The book (which came out in 1989 IIRC) fails to say why the no photos regulation was adopted (anybody on AARoads know?) or how long it's been on the books.

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Basically the usual safety boilerplate, and it appears the prohibition applies only to the actual carriageways.  NJ Administrative Code 19.9-1.22 says:

--- Quote ---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 (collectively, "film") on the Roadway for any reason without a permit issued by the Authority in accordance with N.J.A.C. 19:9-5.6.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, filming for solely personal use is allowed without a permit in those areas of the Roadway in which parking, stopping, or standing is otherwise permitted.
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I have the book and read it many years ago.  Interesting read.  I should dust it off and read it again.


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One time I was called out for my photos, albeit with a bit of a sly "don't tell me you were driving" "Oh, of course not! Offff cooouuuurrrse..." and that was it (:

SignBridge:
I've read my copy of that book several times. What was troubling about the photography ban was the heavy handed attitude of the Turnpike Authority and the State Troopers in the era when the book was written. (1980's)

The authors cited another case where a woman who was standing on the Route 18 bridge over the Turnpike right by the Authority's headquarters was either ticketed or arrested for taking photos OF the Turnpike from the bridge on a state highway not on Turnpike property.

She fought the charge in court and beat them. The court ruled that the NJTA could not prohibit people from taking photos OF the Turnpike from an OFF Turnpike property location such as a state highway. The NJTA could only enforce their rules ON Turnpike property. Arguably the Turnpike Authority and the State Police should have known and respected that legality themselves to begin with. And ya have to wonder why they even thought it was worth the time and effort to ticket the lady in the first place.

But then the Turnpike Authority and its associated State Police troop were infamous in that period for not respecting the laws regarding people's civil rights. They were eventually called out by the courts which forced them to change some of their practices. 

jeffandnicole:
As is often the case, people over exaggerate the photo ban on the NJ Turnpike.  It's often written that they ban all photographs on the NJ Turnpike.  As wanderer posted:  "no person shall be permitted to park, stop, stand, or travel at a slow speed".  In other words...Don't do stupid stuff to get your photo.  The ban never said no photos ever.  If you're sitting in your car and not driving jussstttt likkkeee Alllllppppssss and you get your photo, you are in the clear.  Take pictures of the scenery or lack there of?  No problem.  Take pics of your family in the car?  Go for it.  But Urban Legends are what they are, and then Al Gore invented the Internet, and added to the legend of the photo ban of the Turnpike.  But there never was, and still isn't, a photo ban on the Turnpike. 

bluecountry:
I guess I have to ask again since it keeps getting deleted(why), what is going on at exit 10?

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--- Quote from: bluecountry on March 27, 2023, 11:57:21 PM ---I guess I have to ask again since it keeps getting deleted(why), what is going on at exit 10?

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This is all I can find. https://www.njtat100523.com/

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