TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to grant explicit authority to Delaware River Port Authority police officers to inspect hazardous materials cargo and containers and to take enforcement actions in the event violations of laws and regulations are found, has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The law (S-1816) is intended to provide Delaware River Port Authority officers in New Jersey the same authority as their counterparts in Pennsylvania. It will also provide the officers with inspection and enforcement powers already granted to officers within the New Jersey State Police, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and certain officials within the state departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection.
“DRPA officers are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of residents traveling the roadways and bridges in the region,” said Senator Norcross, chair of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. “Empowering officers to inspect cargoes and containers and to enforce penalties associated with violations of the law is critical to this process, as it will allow them to ensure that hazardous materials are shipped properly and securely when entering the state.”