New Jersey police giving fines for giving a stranger a car ride

Published On: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
By: John Roberts
George Washington Bridge toll plaza
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie asked officials of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week to ease its crackdown on drivers who pick up hitchhikers when they approach the George Washington Bridge.

Mr. Christie's request followed reports in the news media about a small group of passengers who gathered just before the toll plaza on the New Jersey side of the bridge, in order to take advantage of a discount of $6 for group travelers.

Port Authority officials had started giving out tickets last summer drivers, ticketing of traffic violations to drivers that pick up pedestrians gathered at the common meeting place: a bus stop located just before  to the George Washington Bridge .In giving out those tickets, the Port Authority cited security concerns, and warned drivers against offering rides to strangers.