Police officers in Woolwich Twp., NJ posing with a blue line tribute painted in October last year.
The Ministry of Transport, crossed the blue line?
It was last October, when many cities in New Jersey decided to paint a single blue line through the middle of their bustling Main Street as a show of support for the police, but the POINT is to say they should find another way to show their respect, according to NJ.com. The agency’s reasoning is that the roads are unsafe.
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“There are many appropriate and adequate ways to recognize service to the public that do not relate to the modification of a traffic control device, leaving the users at risk due to a wrong interpretation of the meaning,” reads a Dec. 8 letter from the Department of the Federal Highway Administration [FHA] to the Somerset County Engineering Division. “The use of blue lines as part of the center-line markings are not in accordance with the provisions of the MUTCD [Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways].”
The FHA claims that the space between the double yellow lines, should always remain free and the MUTCD contains even a specific format for the use of the blue paint on the roads.
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Cities across the Garden State, including Northvale in Bergen County, participated in the tribute this since October.
Blue is not an approved pavement color, and is not be used as such, an official statement of 2013 right Application of Colored Pavement to read. “Blue if the application is a pavement marking is reserved exclusively for the background color in the international symbol of accessibility parking symbol and for the additional pavement marking rules that determine legal parking spaces reserved for use by persons with disabilities.”
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The FHA letter also makes a point by saying that it is not to condemn the support.
“We appreciate the impact of the expression of support for law enforcement officers and the value of their contributions to the society,” reads a line from the letter.
The FHA letter was a response to an inquiry from Somerset County chief engineer Matthew D. Loper, who had asked for an explanation of the federal guidelines.
Some municipalities in NJ have already asked to ditch the blue lines.
In Union County, Engineering Department Director Joseph Graziano sent an e-mail to the chief of police requesting they have the blue lines are removed, a local radio station New Jersey 101.5 reported.
Andrew Kudrik, head of the Police for Howell Township told NJ.com and that while he does not agree, he would take the line as it was requested by the province.
“Although absurd, we’ll paint over the approximately 200-metre line if needed”, he said.
“I’m just going to paint the whole car blue with the police.”
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