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What is a PBA card?

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What are they?

Those who have a New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association card are people who are most likely able to use this “get out jail free card” with a traffic offense. Those who can get a card are most likely family members of police officers.

Who can get one?

Anyone who is related to a police officer and shows responsibility in operating a motor vehicle and has been an active member in the community.  

What do you do when you get pulled over?

Hand over your license and registration, and show the officer your PBA card. The officer would most likely take the card and call the officer who issued it to you and address the situation with them. The officer that pulled you over has a choice to “honor” the card or issue a ticket anyways.

Don’t automatically assume that you are getting out of a ticket when you have a PBA card.

Depending on what you are getting pulled over, the officer may or may not even look at the card. In most cases, young police officers have looked at these PBA cards and issue you a ticket. It is important that you are as nice as you can be because your chances of getting a ticket isn’t relied on your PBA card, instead it’s your luck and treatment between you and the police officer that pulled you over.



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