It has become somewhat of a summertime ritual: Once again, the New Jersey State Police are telling drivers that reports potentially circulating on social media about a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy are not true.

Not only that, but State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan told News 12 New Jersey on Friday that fines for speeding will not increase fourfold this summer from $44 to $173, as had also been rumored.

News 12 itself said it had reported about the bogus crackdown which was to have involved 50 state troopers.

105.7 The Hawk logo
Get our free mobile app

Callahan told New Jersey 101.5 in 2020 that ticket quotas such as to satisfy increased enforcement of speed limits are illegal in New Jersey.

Rumors of such "blitzes" were added to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness' disinformation portal at the time.

However, Callahan did say Friday that "troopers are always on patrol 24/7 enforcing traffic violations," according to the State Police.

Authorities also took the opportunity to remind motorists to obey all traffic laws.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

LOOK: 31 breathtaking images from NASA's public library

In 2017, NASA opened the digital doors to its image and video library website, allowing the public to access more than 140,000 images, videos, and audio files. The collection provides unprecedented views of space. Stacker reviewed the collection to select 31 of the most breathtaking images, including the first from the James Webb Space Telescope. Keep reading to see these stunning images, curated with further information about the captured scenes.

LOOK: What are the odds that these 50 totally random events will happen to you?

Stacker took the guesswork out of 50 random events to determine just how likely they are to actually happen. They sourced their information from government statistics, scientific articles, and other primary documents. Keep reading to find out why expectant parents shouldn't count on due dates -- and why you should be more worried about dying on your birthday than living to 100 years old.

Beautiful sunflower fields to visit in NJ 2022

Among reasons why the “Garden State” remains a fitting nickname for New Jersey — late summer means the arrival of sunflower season.

There are at least six fields, spanning the state. Some are in bloom as of early August, while others are planned to peak from late August to late September.

Calling or emailing before heading out is always advisable if weather appears to be an issue. 

More From 105.7 The Hawk