Fine Hike For Distracted Drivers
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 • 9:42pm
TRENTON, NJ - Effective July 1, 2014, the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission issued a notice that the fines for talking or texting on a hand-held wireless communications device will increase. First time offenders will face a fine of at least $200. The fine associated with a second offense will increase to at least $400 and drivers who are caught a third time will face a fine of at least $600, a possible 90-day suspension of their driver's license and will be assessed (3) three motor vehicle penalty points.
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.
A hand-held phone may be used for an emergency only and the driver must keep one hand on the wheel at all times.
Cell Phone Safety Tips:
- Turn your phone off or put ring on silent to avoid the urge to answer.
- Put your phone in a secure location that is easy to reach, in case of emergency.
- Never dial while driving, move to a safe area off of the road.
- Prior to driving, store important contact information in your phone.
- Use a hands-free unit so that both of your hands are on the steering wheel at all times.
- Become familiar with your phone’s speed dialing and voice-activation features to minimize dialing.
- Prior to driving, set up your voice-mail to take messages.