Tailgating NJSA 39:4-89 also known as Following too Closely is a serious offense in the
State of New Jersey and carries 5 points.  5 points is the same amount of points you would
get if you were charged with Reckless Driving an offense which many states consider a
criminal offense.  
  Don't let the 5 points assessed for a Tailgating Ticket (Following too
closely) ruin your clean record, increase your car insurance rates and cost you money.  We
have a 98%* success rate of reducing and or eliminating the points and penalties this ticket
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The Three Most Important Elements in regards to a following to closely ticket in NJ are:
1) The Speed of your vehicle
2) Weather and
3) Traffic

Other critical driving elements drivers sacrifice when tailgating are perception and reaction
times. Perception is the time we need to see and have our brain process the roadway
hazard, while reaction time is the time needed for a driver’s body to react to their brain’s
perception.  According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials, it takes alert drivers approximately two seconds to see a roadway hazard and
react to it. The more space a driver allows between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of
them, the more time they have to see a hazard and react safely.  Approximately 25% of all
accidents are reported to involve tailgating with a rear end accident.  Thus the reason why
NJ access 5 points for this ticket.

In New Jersey for Insurance purposes it takes 3 years from the date of your
violation/conviction for the points to be eliminated off your insurance.  That is why a
conviction for this offense should be fought with proper legal representation.  You could
pay up to $5,000 in increased insurance costs over the next 3 years

For Tailgating or Following too closely tickets Marked Mandatory Court Appearance:  In
addition, to the 5 points you could also receive up to 15 days in jail.  (note that unless your
offense involves an accident or a mandatory court appearance it is very rare, but possible
for a judge to impose jail).  In addition to possible jail for tickets marked mandatory court
appearance, the judge does have the discretion to suspend your license.  If you lose your
license either because you have accumulated too many points or because the judge feels
that your violation warrants a suspension, you could lose your job, your house and all that
is important to you!  Don't go it alone we can help.  

Call our office at 1-800-9-RIGHTS or (732) 257-5040 to setup a free in office consultation to
find out how we can help you reduce or eliminate these penalties.  You can win this case
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** Additional penalties may apply for tailgating or following too closely offenses in New Jersey  if the violation ocured within 1000 feet of school property or school crossing
zone for all offenses.  *98% success rate is based on past cases and is not indicative of future results.  Additional penalties can also apply in a construction or safe
neighborhood zone.  H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C. Main office address: 39 Milltown Road, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816.  Please consult the New Jersey Code of Criminal
Justice and Motor Vehicle Laws for complete details on all fines and penalties as the penalties listed in this notice are for informational purposes and should not be relied
upon without consultation from one of our New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyers.  Past performance is not indicative of future performance and each case is fact sensitive, thus,
the need for the in office consultation for the attorney to evaluate your case.  Some penalties may not apply to out of state residents please consult an attorney in your state of
residence.  All penalties listed are accurate as of time and date of publication and are subject to change at any time without notice. Copyright 2021 HSA
NJ Tailgating Facts:
  • Except for speeding
    tailgating or following
    too closely is the 2nd
    leading cause of
  • In order not to tailgate
    you must be at least 3
    seconds behind the
    vehicle in front of you
    plus an additional
    second for each 10mph
    over 40.
  • To not tailgate, you
    must double the
    distance or time when
    it is wet or conditions
    otherwise make the
    road hazardous to drive
  • CDL Drivers must add
    an additional second to
    the above rule.
  • It is not a defense to
    tailgating in NJ that
    traffic was heavy.
Serving All of
Tailgating case will always be based on:  
ould the average car or truck in an
emergency stop in time without hitting the
vehicle in front of him?  This means that
you must maintain a distance of at least  
3 seconds behind any vehicle and six
seconds for any truck or if you are
driving in bad weather!  
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