In New Jersey, there are texting and driving laws that you should be aware of if you’re planning on driving in the state. You’re not allowed to use any handheld device while driving in your car at any time. This means that you’re unable to check your messages or text when stopped at a traffic signal or in stop-and-go traffic.
There are stiff fines involved if you’re caught driving and texting in the state. The first offense carries a fine of $100 to $200. The second offense goes up to $400. The third offense is $600. Also, for the third offense or any after that, the court is allowed to take away your right to drive a car for up to 90 days. In addition, anything beyond a third offense can result in the convicted person getting three points added to their license. Too many points and a driver can lose their license. Drivers should watch carefully decide whether or not it’s a good idea to even peek at their phone while driving.
Texting and driving is a serious concern considering that researchers have found it be almost as dangerous, if not just as dangerous, as driving while under the influence. Many newer cars on the road today allow for handless operation of your cell phone for making calls or having texts read to you, and this is not specified as illegal in the law. If you have an older car without this feature, there are some helpful apps available that you can download that can reward you for driving safely or notify callers that you’re driving.
Are you facing traffic citations as a result of texting and driving? Contact the law firm of Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa, & Casazza to discuss your case and any legal options open to you.