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Radio host Judi Franco’s stands by her commentary posted Tuesday criticizing New Jersey’s “Move Over Law” despite push back from those in public safety. The New Jersey 101.5 talk show host’s comments were triggered by attempts to make the law tougher, adding a penalty of two points to the license of violators. Franco calls it a “silly law”:
It’s a silly law that requires a driver to move over when they see police, maintenance, tow truck and other emergency vehicles and personnel on the shoulder. Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road. If you can move over safely, you probably will. But it’s not always safe to.
With this law, I notice a hazardous trend of drivers noticing the activity too late and panicking and stopping short or trying to move over too quickly. Plus, it is already difficult to enforce because the cops who would give you a ticket for not moving over are already occupied doing whatever they’re doing on the side of the road, which is why you have to move over in the first place!
Franco’s commentary also claims wrongly that New Jersey’s version of the law was created almost a decade ago following the death of New Jersey State Police Trooper Marc Castellano. Trooper Castellano was killed by a driver about a year after “Move Over” became law.
The State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey is among the organizations and individuals unhappy with Franco’s commentary. STFA issued a pointed three-page statement about Franco that begins with a reference to another controversial episode involving Judi Franco (read entire STFA statement here):
The STFA statement refers to the suspension of Franco and co-host Dennis Malloy in late July for calling New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal “turban man”. Grewal is the first Sikh attorney general in the country. In the latest controversy, the management of New Jersey 101.5 stands by Judi Franco.
New Jersey 101.5 statement:
Our talk hosts at New Jersey 101.5 are chosen because they offer strong opinions and viewpoints. We understand not everyone will agree with them – they frequently disagree with one another – and that’s why we encourage our listeners to reach out on-air and online. Our goal isn’t to tell anyone what to think, but to give our hosts the space to start conversations.
We’ve always enjoyed a productive relationship with New Jersey law enforcement, including the New Jersey State Police’s participation in our past and upcoming Town Hall events on online safety, through the New Jersey State PBA’s participation in our Feel Better Bears project to distribute teddy bears to children going through difficult times, and through our participation alongside law enforcement in the annual Polar Plunge in Seaside Heights. Additionally, we celebrate law enforcement efforts through our weekly #BlueFriday feature on the Bill Spadea Show.
“We appreciate the feedback from the State Troopers Fraternal Association, even the criticism, and as with any feedback, take it under advisement.