$40 surcharge plan could lighten speeders' wallets

A possible $40 surcharge to the cost of driving tickets is grinding the gears of many in the Garden State.

The extra money would be used to fund state police patrols in 89 smaller towns that don't have local departments. The move is being met with resistance from residents in those towns and in larger ones that have hometown police.

Residents like Terri Stawicki, of Scotch Plains, feel their getting stuck with other people's bill.

"We pay high taxes as it is, and I just don't think it's fair for us to pay for somebody else's problem," she says.

Many of the smaller towns who need the state police's services are the very same towns that lost state aid due to the state of New Jersey's deficit problems.

Upper Freehold Township Mayor Steve Alexander has vowed he will fight the surcharge. Alexander says he wonders how the state came up with the exact amount to charge. He also wants to know if communities will get more say in how often and which roads the state police patrol if residents are paying for them.

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