Pennsylvania Bans New Jersey Drivers? Nope, That’s a Hoax

December 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A story titled “PA Bans New Jersey Drivers” was published by a blog, confusing some people who believed that the story may be true.

“In a move that angered many New Jersey residents and stunned the nation, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbitt signed the ‘Pennsylvania Safe Highways Act’ into law yesterday, marking the first time such a law has been passed in the United States,” the story purports. “The law bans New Jersey licensed drivers from operating any vehicle on Pennsylvania highways with fines of up to $1,500 for each offense. An exemption can be made for vehicles with state approved modifications, such as black and yellow reflective vinyl on all the doors and bumpers or a large “Student Driver” sign affixed to the roof of the vehicle.”

According to the post, New Jersey people were angry over the move, although one resident admitted he hadn’t been paying attention to traffic laws. 

The story quoted Mary, a Pennyslvania woman, who was in support of the law.

“Whenever you see someone hitting a pedestrian or driving down the left turn lane with their right blinker on you know where they’re from. New Jersey! I think it’ll make the highways much safer,” she supposedly said.

Insurance companies supported the move, the blog post explained.

However, the story isn’t real. It’s tagged “parody” and “spoof,” for instance. And other stories on include other easy satire such as “Philadelphia to Adopt Official ‘Knockout’ League,” referring the recent “knockout game” trend, and “Affordable Care Act Labels Netflix as ‘Addictive;’ Moves to Restrict Usage.”



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