State police taking aim at truckers who hit the brakes in Upper Freehold

State police are trying to put an end to engine braking truckers in Upper Freehold. They set up a checkpoint on Route 526 Monday along the Allentown border to do brake and weight checks on all trucks..

In July, many local residents said the obnoxious loud sound of engine brakes had been ruining their quality of life. Some truckers say the sound residents hear is a system used by trucks to reduce speeds quickly. It is called "engine braking" or "Jake braking" after a popular brand-name truck part.

Sergeant Mark Fichtner hopes the inconvenience of truck inspections will convince truckers to choose another route or choose not to Jake brake. Fichtner says the problem is that some truckers make illegal modifications to their mufflers to make the braking noises louder.

Upper Freehold officials say they are working on an ordinance to restrict how much noise a truck can make. State police say once an ordinance is passed they can start handing out fines for loud Jake braking.

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