EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - State troopers are writing more tickets on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

Tickets for all motor-vehicle violations last month were up 61 percent on the parkway and 45 percent on the turnpike from a year earlier, state police figures show. Troopers issued 396 tickets to truckers in March, up from 95 a year earlier.

The increases came after Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson, at two turnpike authority meetings, questioned whether troopers were aggressive in targeting speeding trucks. Simpson said that he hadn't requested stepped-up enforcement, but that he was happy with the results.   

 - AP