Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Penalties for Cell Phone Violations

 On July 1st the penalties for talking on a handheld phone or texting while driving increased sharply.  The new penalties are:

  • 1st Offense: Fine of at least $200-$400
  • 2nd Offense:  Fine of at least $400-$600
  • 3rd Offense:  Fine of at least $600-$800 possible 90 day license suspension, 3 points
All violations are subject to a mandatory court appearance.

"Although it is discouraged, drivers may use a hands-free device if it does not interfere with standard safety equipment. “Use” of a wireless phone and any other hand-held communication device includes, but is not limited to, talking or listening to another person, texting, or sending and receiving electronic messages." - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

Some newer vehicles are equipped with Bluetooth technology for hands free cell phone use.  There are also some after market options available for older vehicles.  A good online article  detailing alternatives  can be found at: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-bluetooth-kits-for-every-car-stereo/

Stay safe!

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