The Corona Virus and Self-Serve Gas Stations

Written by Gregory Monte.

Because I work in New Jersey but live in Pennsylvania, I get to experience filling up my car in two distinctly different ways. In my home state I am allowed to do it myself but in New Jersey, someone else has to do it for me.

The result is that I almost always wait in line in New Jersey to get gas while in Pennsylvania I can fill up and go on. Even when I am served in New Jersey, I always have to wait until the attendant comes back to take the nozzle out of my car and give me my receipt.

With the Corona Virus apparently in full swing, you might think that New Jersey would suspend the law which forces customers to have someone wait on them at the gas pump.

Not at all …

The Garden State has steadfastly refused to reform a decades-old state law that allows only state-certified gas station employees to operate fuel pumps. Not even a global pandemic, it seems, will force the state to change course.

Not Even COVID-19 Can Shake New Jersey’s Fear of Letting Drivers Pump Their Own Gas

Some states will never learn.


Free Resources

The Basic Speeding Ticket Defense

This is a 9 page review of the most basic way to beat a speeding ticket – even if you actually were speeding. This particular strategy will almost always work, but it does depend on one aspect of the circumstances surrounding your ticket.  For the strategy to be effective, there must be an issue with the speed limit signs, themselves. It’s all about the need of states/localities to comply with their “Obedience to Traffic Control Devices” statutes.

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Applying the Traffic Ticket Defense Method to Challenge a Citation.

This is a seven-page, detailed explanation of my three-step method for challenging any traffic ticket. I use the “Driving at a Safe Speed” statute from Pennsylvania to illustrate this method, but it can be applied to any other statute that you might be cited for in the vehicle code.

In addition, no matter what state you live in, the procedure is the same: you need to understand the statute you allegedly violated, look for technicalities in that statute and (most importantly) find case law to support/reveal those technicalities.

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The Pennsylvania Stop Sign Defense Strategy in a Nutshell.

This is a one-page, eight-point summary of the strategy I discovered while researching ways of beating unfair stop sign tickets. It is specifically geared to Pennsylvania but can also be applied to most other states.

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My Son’s Opening Trial Statement at the Court of Common Pleas.

This is an elegant, one-page, powerfully concise expression of my defense strategy.

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The Brief – My Son’s Case Brief for the Court of Common Pleas

  • An eighteen-page argument for why an illegal stop sign is not enforceable.
  • Requested by the President Judge at Wayne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas.
  • A highly distilled application of the Pennsylvania Stop Sign Ticket Defense.

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