What are Prohibited Practices Under New Jersey’s Texting Laws?
New Jersey texting while laws are some of the toughest ones enacted by any state in America. The state legislature adopted a law that allows for full prosecution of cell phone users if their use of a phone causes serious harm or death.
The N.J. traffic fatalities report reveals that on New Jersey highways, nearly half of the traffic fatalities reported in 2011 were the result of distracted driving. New Jersey, in turn, adopted tough distracted driving laws ― that if a person is found guilty of violating and causing death or serious harm, could result in prison time and fines up to $150,000. If the offender causes a death while using a cell phone while driving, the offender can be charged with vehicular homicide. The prohibitions under New Jersey’s texting statutes include:
- Drivers must use hands-free devices if talking on cell phones.
- No text messaging or use of video games while driving.
- School bus operators cannot use cell phones while driving.
- Drivers under the age of 21 with learner’s permits or probationary licenses are prohibited from using cell phones, texting devices and other hand-held or hands-free wireless electronic devices while driving. This includes iPods.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone texting and driving, you need a New Jersey texting while driving lawyer.
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