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Old 07-14-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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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.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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they do that when they want to stop traffic from coming into an accident or if a work crew needs to set up a lane.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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It's called a rolling slowdown and is a method of slowing down traffic across multiple lanes when there is only one cruiser in the vicinity. Generally it is used as a traffic pacing method, to keep drivers back from oversized loads that are crossing bridges or are taking up multiple lanes, for debris in the roadway, or as felixtibs mentions, if the traffic is coming into an accident scene or a work area setup.

Can cars pass the cruiser? Sure. But be prepared to get pulled over for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to follow police instruction, and speeding (expectation is that you will stay at the speed behind the cruiser).
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Everything that RUNYYfan said. It's in other states (I've lived in several where they have done this) and I think it is about time NJ got up to par.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Burl. County, NJ
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I've seen this done on 295 only a few times through out the past 5 years. But when this happens the cop car just seems to suddenly speed up and leave. I never saw an accident or work area or anything. It just seemed random, like they were trying to slow down traffic just to slow down the pace.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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in NJ, cant you imagine if he just drive up the middle lane even with all of his lights on, some jerk would pass him on the right and another on the left.
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:50 PM
 
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in NJ, cant you imagine if he just drive up the middle lane even with all of his lights on, some jerk would pass him on the right and another on the left.
If he was doing less than the speed limit, without swerving or making his intentions known at all, yes I would blow by him on the fast lane without hesitation. Otherwise, I sit back and wait like everyone else.

{off topic---kind of}

Police do NOT have the right of way on our streets and highways in NJ unless they are responding to an emergency or acting in some official capacity. Simply cruising around or patrolling is not cause for them to ignore traffic laws or us to yield to them. It is simply a courtesy that we extend to them because there really is no way for us to KNOW if there is an emergency or not.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Epping,NH
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I love when the fly by the safety roadblocks. I always get a thrill from seeing those air bags go off when they run into the construction areas at a high speed.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:02 AM
 
Location: New Jersey/Florida
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If it's on a highway they are usually slowing traffic to a crawl for a construction crew to set up cones or for heavy equipment to position itself for work. It happens on occasion. The SP will start a couple of miles before the work and cross all three lanes at a slow speed in a zig zag way and have all vehicles slow to around 5 or 10 MPH while the work is being performed further up the road.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: NJ
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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.
saw this not to long ago on the GSP northbound during morning rush hour around exit 135 (actually the part before where there are no exits btw middlesex county & union county). kept wondering what was going on only to find out they wanted to pull over a car and didn't want to provoke a car chase during rush hour.
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