Blue Lines Support Law Enforcement

January 27, 2017
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Blue Lines show of support of local police departments and law enforcement in general. The issue of whether the line meets Federal standards or is distracting in any way does not seem like a valid issue in my opinion.

Those who are concerned with the legality of the line are basing that opinion on language in the federal standards that require the road surface to be visible in between a double yellow line. The purpose of that is to make it clear that there is in fact a double yellow line indicating that a roadway is a no-passing zone. Placing a blue line in between the properly painted yellow lines is not, in our opinion, diminishing in any way. The fact is that the double yellow line still clearly indicates that this is a no passing zone.

We (Police Chief and I) did not feel that the blue line is distracting nor is it outside of the spirit of what is written in the federal guidelines.

Michael Whelan

Red Bank Councilman/Police Commissioner

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