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Old 07-15-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Ocean County, NJ
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It's pretty common. Known as a "rolling road block" in the industry. Usually it's because there's emergency road work being done ahead. Sometimes it's used simply to slow traffic down if there's some type of hazard.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's been done a couple other times simply as a form of amusement for the triangle heads.
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: NJ
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never have seen it in NJ, saw for the first time in CA - oddly enough 3 times the week i was there. i think i saw it on THE 5 or THE 101.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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OK, lived her all my life and never saw this as a kid. Seems like I'm seeing it more and more lately though.

Can anyone tell me what the hell is going on when a State Police car hits the lights and starts to swerve back and forth across the road? See this mainly on the highways. Seems like they are intentionally trying to hold back or slow down the flow of traffic. Is that what they are doing ? Are they aware of a traffic issue further up the highway? If so, what is the benefit of this?

Do they somehow think creating a traffic issue is better then adding to one further up the road?

Can you pass the cop or do all cars have to stay behind them? Seems like they leave plenty of room to allow cars to continue to pass as though they just want to slow you down.
Maybe the dude was texting. I drive next swerving peeps all the time...look over..... sure nuf ..... that there texting goin on.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:34 AM
 
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Thanks all, I figured it was something like this. To be honest my experience has been like Ally315, cop speeds off afterwards and I don't come up on anything further down the road. Guess it could've been a preventive measure.......
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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I don't come up on anything further down the road.
It is used at times to allow trucks to remove cones from a construction site or allow emergency equipment time to enter the roadway with a disabled/damaged vehicle. By the time you get to the spot, it has be removed.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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I saw them doing it once to grab a dog running on the highway.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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I saw them doing it once to grab a dog running on the highway.
Been there, done that.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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I saw this twice in the last couple of weeks - 287 South just south of 80 while I was traveling north at around 9:30am on a weekday. First time it was a lone wolf doing the zigging and the zagging. Today I saw in the exact same area, but two coppers instead of one - one was doing the mambo across the highway while the other parked his ass in the far left lane. Slowed the whole highway down to no more than 40 - 45mph, instant traffic jam.
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Old 10-11-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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Driving through Jersey last week and saw several young drivers doing the mambo in and out between two cars with little space at 70 mph. Where were the police then?
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