Date: Nov 26, 2003
Press Release Number: 156-2003
Port Authority Police will step up the enforcement of the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign, cracking down on drivers who block traffic intersections at the Holland Tunnel beginning Monday, December 1, 2003.
Under the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign, which started in late 2002, summonses will be issued to drivers who clog intersections on 12th or 14th streets leading to or from the Holland Tunnel. Tickets for the motor vehicle offense carries a $44 fine and may result in points on motorist’s driver’s license.
Police are reemphasizing the initiative to remind drivers of the importance of keeping intersections clear, easing the morning commute by decreasing congestion on local Jersey City streets and easing traffic flow into and out of the tunnel. Additionally, the campaign helps to ensure that the surrounding community remains safe, as streets are kept clear and accessible for emergency vehicles.
To further educate motorists, the Port Authority will play messages on the tunnel’s highway advisory radio and post variable message signs.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.