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Bill Introduced to Declare Cell Phone Use a Reckless Driving Violation

Posted on Nov 18, 2011

BY: David Gialanella/NJ Law Journal, November 18, 2011

Under current law, N.J.S.A. 39:4-97, operating a hand-held electronic communication device while on the road carries a $100 fine and no motor vehicle or insurance eligibility points.

The bill, A-4266, would allow motorists to be handed a $100 fine and a 60-day term of jail or community service for a first offense; a $250 fine and another 60-day term for a second; a $350 fine, a 90-day term and six-month license suspension for a third; and a $500 fine, 120-day term and one-year suspension for a fourth or subsequent offense.

A violator would be assessed five points for each offense.

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