New Jersey Legislature Considers Distracted Driving Law
NJ state lawmakers in Trenton have proposed a new law that would impose significant penalties on anyone caught eating, drinking, texting, or talking on their cell phone while driving on New Jersey roadways.
The idea behind the proposed NJ traffic law is that drivers need to be conditioned to focus on the roadway and not on other distractions while they are driving.
John Wisniewski, one of the sponsors of the bill, said that legislators and law enforcement in New Jersey need to be doing everything they possibly can to discourage distracted driving because “it’s extremely dangerous.” The reality is that there has been a sharp rise in distracted driving accidents in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and just about everywhere else in the United States as technology has become more prevalent, with drivers having access to cell phones, television monitors, and other electronic devices. In fact, the recently released Pokemon Go game has highlighted the dangers of using technology while driving: there have been multiple reports of auto accidents being caused by drivers and pedestrians who are busy staring at their cell phone screens while playing the popular game.
Enforceability of the proposed law is a major question. Steve Carrellas, the police and government affairs director for the NJ chapter of the National Motorists Association, asked exactly many resources would need to be diverted to make sure there are enough patrol cops and other law enforcement officers on the roads to pull over and ticket distracted drivers. After all, doesn’t everyone multitask while driving?
Carrellas also questioned the need for the law in the first place. He noted that there are already laws on the books that allow for ticketing of drivers who commit dangerous or unsafe acts on the road, such as swerving across traffic lanes. Whether it’s a ticket for careless driving, reckless driving, or some other traffic offense, these moving violations would seem to already discourage distracted driving in New Jersey. In fact, New Jersey already has specific laws that prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while sitting behind the wheel of a moving car.
For additional information, view the NJ.com article, “Cops Could Soon Ticket You for Drinking a Coffee While Driving in N.J.”
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