Assembly To Vote On Tougher Penalties For Texting And Using Handheld Phones While Driving

lpd ticketing on clifton ave.This Monday, the Assembly will vote on a bill which calls for tougher penalties on talking and texting on a cell phone in NJ. The bill, sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex) and Angel Fuentes (D-Camden) look to increase fines and impose a license suspension for repeatedly talking or texting on a hand-held device while driving.

Studies show that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunken driving.

Despite the proven dangers, a recent poll on TLS revealed that over 50% of drivers still text and use handheld phones while driving. TLS.

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  1. How about making it illegal for the cops to use a cell phone while driving. They have a $3000 radio in their car, a $2000 walkie-talkie on their belt, and a $3000 computer in their car. Why do they need to talk on the cell phone?

  2. Your ‘distracted driving’ laws don’t generate enough money, so we have to raise the taxes (oops fines) to generate more money to close the budget gap. Thanking you in advance your local Democrat

  3. #6 & #3, where do you people think the state gets all of its money? it comes from us, the working class. we are the bottom of their food chain. no matter what the govenor or anybody else says about raising this tax or increasing this fine or creating this panel, eventually it all comes out of ALL our pockets in the end.

  4. At least four times a week my self and my spouse have almost been hit by someone on the phone, children jumping around the car, not in car seats. Enough is enough!! Maybe they should all be arrested for the crimes they commit!!! So we can all be safer on the roads. I don’t fear gangs in this town, I fear the people behind the wheel of their cars who are clearly not paying any attention.

    Contrary to your belief, YOU ARE a criminal not matter what laws you break!!!

    Is $$$$$$$$$$$$$ more important than human life? If you feel it is, then you don’t belong hear!!

  5. I agree with the higher penalties for texting while driving.Bu that should apply to cops also.I watch cops drive they talk on cell phones, change lanes without signalling, go through red lights etc. even when they are not on call.And of course an off duty coop can break whatever traffic laws he wants and get away with it by showing his police ID.Not only that even family members of cops are given cards that more or less serve the sole purpose of avoiding tickets.Non of the above is meant to justify breaking traffic laws.It is just a call to cops to obey them too.

  6. What…are we all that immature? Really? If everyone did what they should do, this world would be a better place for all. We should be sitting here saying….well he’s doing it. Come on now! I’m assuming if you are old enough to drive, you are old enough to know better. Why so judgmental of everyone but yourselves?

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