Pedestrians headed to or from tonight’s Giants-Eagles clash along roadways they’re not supposed to be on will be ticketed, New Jersey State Police warn. The NJSP hopes the proactive move prevents a tragedy.
A spokesman for the NJSP said the agency “wants everyone to have a great time at the Giants game or the next Bon Jovi concert,” but, more importantly, that they “enter and leave the venue safely.”
This means you’re either going to park at the stadium, take public transportation, or park in a commuter lot and wait for the shuttle. Period.
Kickoff is around 8:30 p.m. That means people walking there in darkness, and then again when the game lets out around 11:30-midnight.
“Following last week’s Giants game, police turned numerous walkers away from busy roads,” said State Police Detective Brian Polite. “Although no pedestrian-related citations were issued, police will become increasingly vigilant in enforcing further violations.”
What’s more, he said, State Police will be cracking down on some of the local bars that have provided their own one-way shuttle service to the stadium and arena as part of special game-day packages, leaving fans to walk back to their cars along Routes 3, 120 and elsewhere.
“This is not only dangerous,” Polite said, “but also creates a situation in which people are breaking the law by walking along and crossing highways.”
And if you think they’re kidding: During the past two Sundays, 37 patrols involving members of a special task force wrote 225 summonses and issued 77 warnings. Several arrests were made and vehicles impounded.
The State Police task forces includes officers from East Rutherford, Rutherford, Nutley, Carlstadt, Woodland Park, Wayne and Belleville, along with units from the Bergen County Police Department and Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, Polite said.
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