I don't think that many would argue that it feels like driving on Ocean County's roads is scarier than ever. Between texting, speeding, and, well, this mess, it sometimes feels like you almost have to speed just to keep up with what's going on around you.

So I asked a few friends of mine who are police officers or who work with police what the wiggle room is before you're guaranteed a ticket.

First of all, I do have to protect my sources. The people I spoke to are obviously not authorized to speak on these types of matters publicly. But they are legitimate sources. Two are current police officers, and one works with auxiliary police.

Even though none of them know each other and they all work for and with different departments, I got the same answer:

You are subject to getting a ticket for going over the speed limit. Period.

Now, that being said, there are certainly individual officers who will cut you some leeway, but there are are a lot of different factors that go into that decision; road conditions, the flow of traffic, and what kind of road you're on to name just a few.

On a major road like the Garden State Parkway where traffic regularly flows above the speed limit, you may be able to get away with a few miles per hour over the posted limit.

But on a local road with fewer lanes, stoplights, and crossing traffic, like Route 37, there is considerably less leeway.

All of my friends also agreed on another common rumor - if you're going more than 10-15 miles per hour over the limit, you're done for no matter what.

But the most important thing that they wanted me to make a point to communicate is the fact that speeding is speeding, and a police officer can and may pull you over for only going one or two miles over the speed limit.

The myth that you won't get pulled over for going 10 MPH or less over the limit is just that, a myth.

So drive safely, Ocean County, the speed limit is there for a reason, and if you have a lead foot it could end up being very costly!


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