Radio Host Says 'Dead Cops Make Bad Laws,' Suggests End To Law Protecting Police

New Jersey radio host Judi Franco railed against the Move Over Law in an article titled "Dead Cops Make Bad Laws."

Ewing, NJ – A New Jersey radio host is facing backlash from law enforcement groups and their supporters, after she penned an opinion piece criticizing a state law that requires drivers to move over for emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder of roadways.

“It’s a silly law,” New Jersey 101.5 radio host Judi Franco wrote in an article she titled, “Dead Cops Make Bad Laws.”

“Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road,” Franco declared. “A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn’t warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk…”

The state’s Move Over Law went into effect in January of 2009, approximately 18 months before New Jersey State Police Trooper Marc Castellano was hit by a motorist while he was searching for a suspect on the side of the Garden State Parkway, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Franco wrote the opinion piece in opposition to a proposed expansion of the law, which is currently punishable by a fine of up to $500.

If approved, the expansion would add two motor vehicle points to the potential penalty for those who violate the state law.

“We don’t need this law…People who don’t move over are most likely not ‘ignoring’ the law. Rather, they are being cautious,” Franco wrote. “If you can move over safely, you probably will.”

It's not clear if Franco has ever actually witnessed people driving in New Jersey.

Franco claimed that, since the Move Over Law originally went into effect, she has noticed “a hazardous trend” of drivers “panicking” when they don’t spot emergency vehicles until it’s “too late.”

“Plus, it is already difficult to enforce because the cops who would give you a ticket for not moving over are already occupied doing whatever they’re doing on the side of the road, which is why you have to move over in the first place!” she railed.

New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association President Wayne Blanchard admonished Franco for her article on Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press reported.

In a statement, Blanchard accused Franco of “trampling on the graves of fallen police officers” in a “meager attempt to stir the pot for ratings.”

“The sad reality in Franco’s hatred of law enforcement is her ignorance to the importance of this public safety principle,” Blanchard told the New Jersey Globe. “Police officers and other first responders, more often than not are dispatched to roadside encounters such as motor vehicle accidents and motorist aids.”

“What has clearly gone over Franco’s head in this instance is that she could be one of those motorists assessing damage to her vehicle on the side of the road with an investigating officer or trooper,” he added.

New Jersey Senator Vin Gopal said Franco’s opinion piece was “disgraceful and disgusting,” and asked the radio station to issue an apology, the Asbury Park Press reported.

“The lack of common sense and common decency displayed by New Jersey 101.5 host Judi Franco has surpassed even my lowest of expectations,” Gopal said, according to the New Jersey Globe. “To use the loss of a brave State Police Officer as click bait in order to prove her misguided opinions trivializes the tragic death of Marc Castellano.”

“‘A dead cop is sad,’ is how she trivializes this law – this is disgraceful and disgusting,” the senator continued. “101.5 owes all of law enforcement an apology. If this bi-partisan bill saves the life of one law enforcement professional, it is well worth it.”

The radio station released a statement acknowledging the “strong opinions and viewpoints” of their employees, but issued no apologies for Franco’s opinion piece, the Asbury Park Press reported.

"Our talk hosts at New Jersey 101.5 are chosen because they offer strong opinions and viewpoints,” the statement read. “We understand not everyone will agree with them — they frequently disagree with one another — and that's why we encourage our listeners to reach out on-air and online.”

“Our goal isn't to tell anyone what to think, but to give our hosts the space to start conversations,” the radio station said.

Comments (34)
No. 1-24
LEO0301
LEO0301

By making shocking statements they hope to improve the stations listenership. Every response to this biatch helps them in the ratings department. Better to ignore and not listen to the station.

burgerallday
burgerallday

Just like Boogers

JBo
JBo

“Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road,” Franco declared."

This qualifies to be the most stupid comment I've heard in the last 30 days. Duh!

ilse
ilse

Judi Franco is obviously a cop-hating idiot.

gAYT
gAYT

You all are idiots and its clear that the ill informed mass will always surpass the advancing of civilization by that collective mass allowing their stupid rhetoric to move forward.

2 Replies

Shore Bird
Shore Bird

WHAT???

IntelPlusafdotcom
IntelPlusafdotcom

Yeah, they really need to tweak their "reply-generation algorithm" into something that makes ANY sense... :)

mwp146
mwp146

Many is the time I’ve waited behind a partner who had someone stopped for the purpose of running radar on the motorists passing them. People generally slow down or move over when they see me do this. I have a feeling the motorists wouldn’t be as apt to do this if not for the law. Ms. Franco had no idea what she’s talking about.

Budman
Budman

It's the law dumb bitch!!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

She should stand along side the road someday and see just how dangerous it is. She is a liberal pos that can’t be bothered to change lanes.

Alpha Male 1
Alpha Male 1

The liberal media idiots have have no brains!!

Sailor
Sailor

Wow..another idiot with an opinion on something. Underwhelming.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Hopefully this whole kerfuffle will get some police officers to do passenger side approaches when enforcing traffic laws on the highways.

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

She should check to see just how many have been injured or killed by a driver who did not pull over. Usually the emergency vehicle has light on when at the side of the road. If the driver is paying attention, and not texting or on the phone, he or she has enough time to pull over. It they are testing or on the phone, they should not be driving.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

.....and this is why you don't put a microphone or a camera in front of an idiot. You cannot expect them to instantly say something intelligent.

61mouse
61mouse

Dumb bitch someone put her out there where the vehicles are passing her at 75 mph .

61mouse
61mouse

If you can't move over your allow to slow down without moving over ( ATTENTION 18 WHEEL TRUCK DRIVERS )

magnumforc
magnumforc

I have had many close calls with people distracted while driving, people under the influence and just plain idiots who can't seem to decipher that emergency vehicles on the side of the road are there for a reason. So easy to slow down and move over when you can that it is only an imbecile who would think this is outlandish.

Stanracer
Stanracer

She's clearly another millenial police hater. Buying in to the medias war on the police.

checksix
checksix

“Duh. No one is going to deliberately run into to someone on the side of a road,” Franco declared. “A dead cop is sad. But a horrible tragedy doesn’t warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk…”

Most laws are in place because of the stupidity and immorality of humans. Laws and punishment against homicide has not prevented people from killing. With your logic, I guess those laws should be done away with.

Scattered
Scattered

This is beyond disgusting and so morally wrong. An officer lost his life and a family lost a part of their family. Has this country become so hateful towards police officers who save our lives that they don't even act like human beings anymore? And no apology either? What a dumb bitch. We are doomed, what the hell has happened to people?

Condor3631
Condor3631

Can’t believe the crap that came out of her mouth!! I hope to god a day doesn’t come when she is on the side of the road and a distracted, or drunk driver hits her or her car!!! Just slow down and move over!!!

retiredcop
retiredcop

FB disguised as a talk show

don226
don226

i say take her DUMB ass out in the roadway and conduct traffic stops and let us see how she wants a vehicle flying by while she is conducting a stop...such ignorance...needs to be taken off the air

beamable
beamable

Well she makes it pretty obvious that she has a hard time using her brain to think. Also pretty obvious she has no love for law enforcement, that is until she looks for help - THEN she'll probably be screaming for an officer to help her. Sad situation.