Apparently some drivers in NJ have been subjected to sexual and racial harassment in an unlikely place — their own cars. According to website The Smoking Gun, toll collectors on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway have “gone wild” on motorists in over 550 reported incidents over the last 18 months. Some of these incidents have involved toll collectors propositioning female drivers and using racial slurs to African-American drivers.
Motorists on New Jersey’s roadways are entitled to fair treatment and respect, regardless of their gender, race, age, or sexual orientation. While these incidents seem to be isolated and therefore not illegal, “drive by” harassment is wrong. The NJ Turnpike Authority should send a clear message to its workers that harassment of drivers, in any form, will not be tolerated.