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Thank you for your question. I have been involved in traffic law for over 14 years.
Can you please tell me the statute (law) you were alleged to have violated?
-Look at the actual ticket and on the ticket, you will see some numbers (i.e. 546.78, etc.), can you please provide me with those statute numbers and if you can, whether the law is a New Jersey Law or a county or city law if possible?
Sayreville New Jersey and it is Middlesex County
Thank you for the follow-up information. Unfortunately, it appears that there has been some problems with logging onto this site, recently. I determined this because when I have attempted to log-in the computer does not bring up the site and the computer times out. I entered other site with no problem. Good thing that I am a lawyer and not computer programmer.
If possible, as I referenced in my initial answer -- if possible, could you please look at the ticket and inform me of what parking law you allegedly violated? Meaning was it a county law, or a New Jersey Law and what number (citation) was listed on the ticket?
However, notwithstanding the above, the following definitions for information purposes provide some guidance with respect to New Jersey Traffic Laws.
39:1-1 Words and phrases defined.
"Limited-access highway" means every highway, street, or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over such highway, street, or roadway; and includes any highway designated as a "freeway" or "parkway" by authority of law.
Parking" means the standing or waiting on a street, road or highway of a vehicle not actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers or merchandise, unless in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals.
"Private road or driveway" means every road or driveway not open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
The provisions of this act shall not apply to public highways or transportation systems under the jurisdiction of a county or municipality.
New Jersey State Law provides for the following:
39:4-138. Places where parking prohibited; exceptions; moving vehicle not under one's control into prohibited area.
39:4-138. Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a traffic or police officer or traffic sign or signal, no operator of a vehicle shall stand or park the vehicle in any of the following places: a. Within an intersection;b. On a crosswalk;c. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within at least 20 feet of a point on the curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone; d. In front of a public or private driveway;e. Within 25 feet of the nearest crosswalk or side line of a street or intersecting highway, except at alleys;f. On a sidewalk;g. In any appropriately marked "No Parking" space established pursuant to the duly promulgated regulations of the Commissioner of Transportation;h. Within 50 feet of a "stop" sign;i. Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant;j. Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;k. Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of said entrance, when properly signposted; l. Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct traffic, when properly signposted; m. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;n. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway, or within a highway tunnel or underpass, or on the immediate approaches thereto except where space for parking is provided; o. In any space on public or private property appropriately marked for vehicles for the physically handicapped pursuant to P.L.1977, c.202 (C.39:4-197.5), P.L.1975, c.217 (C.52:27D-119 et seq.) or any other applicable law unless the vehicle is authorized by law to be parked therein and a handicapped person is either the driver or a passenger in that vehicle. State, county or municipal law enforcement officers or parking enforcement authority officers shall enforce the parking restrictions on spaces appropriately marked for vehicles for the physically handicapped on both public and private property. No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful. Amended 1948,c.342,s.2; 1951,c.23,s.77; 1981,c.20,s.1; 1989,c.201,s.1. ____________
As a result, based on state law, it appears that you most likely have not violated a parking law. However, based on the definitions above, I would like to find out if it was alleged that you violated a county code. I researched the county that you referenced and could not find a database. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Thank you that would be great. It is important that you try to provide me the information because New Jersey, through statute, delegates some parking issues to local cities and counties.
Thank you for your cooperation and time. I try to provide complete answers.
Court ID 1219 Prefix L Ticket Number 101110
offense date Dec. 26th 08 time 11:38 AM
Failure to park in marked space. ordinance /code no.7.31.1
this is all the information on the ticket other than my lic # XXXXX and make of vehicle.
Thank you for the follow-up information. I have been in trial most of the day and will provide you with the answer on 3/18/09.
Thank you for the follow-up information. I really had to dig deep to try to find the County Code for Middlesex County.
Based on a review of the codes, I did not see any prohibition for parking in a private space. However, the extreme detail of this county(s) code made it difficult to determine all of the nuances.
The only problem that I think you should be concerned with is the allegation of not parking in a marked space.
However, from a common sense perspective, it would be reasonable for you to argue that the area was private and therefore under New Jersey State Law, you did not park illegally.
Below, please find the link for the County Code for Middlesex County.
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