Failure to use proper entrances to limited-access highways (NJSA 39:4-90.1)

Improperly entering or leaving limited-access highways is against the law in New Jersey. In this article, experienced New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer Dan T. Matrafajlo will explain to you what the law is, and what this law can mean for you.

The law: N.J.S.A. 39:4-90.1

The New Jersey law that governs entering and leaving limited-access highways is N.J.S.A. 39:4-90.1, which says:

“No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any limited-access highway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.”

MVC points and penalties

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will add two points to your New Jersey driving record for failure to use proper entrances to limited-access highways. If you get six or more points on your record within three years, you will be fined a surcharge by the MVC: $150, plus $25 for each additional point above six. If you ever get 12 or more points on your record, the MVC will suspend your driver’s license.

There are ways to reduce points on your record. For every year you go without a traffic violation or license suspension, three points will be subtracted. You can also take an MVC-approved defensive driving course, driver improvement program, or probationary driver program. There are limitations, however, on how often you can take these classes to reduce points.

Fines

The fine for entering or leaving limited-access highways improperly is $85. If this violation is committed in a designated safe corridor, construction zone, or 65 mile-per-hour area, that fine is increased to $140.

The municipal court may also impose additional penalties with a fine of $50-$200 or imprisonment for up to 15 days. The judge may, at his discretion, suspend your driver’s license for willful violation of this traffic law.

Insurance rates

In addition, your insurance rates will go up. New Jersey-licensed automobile insurers have a separate “insurance eligibility points” system that keeps track of your traffic violations. For failing to use proper entrances to limited-access highways, you will get two points added to your insurance eligibility points. This will translate into a higher insurance premium. If you ever get seven or more points, you will have to get more expensive at-risk insurance coverage through the New Jersey Personal Automobile Insurance Plan (NJPAIP) instead of through the voluntary market.

 

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