The new law is named in honor of five victims killed by texting drivers, has stiffened the penalties for drivers who create serious bodily injury or cause fatalities in traffic accidents involving texting while driving.
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno said drivers who maimed and/or killed as a result of texting previously faced traffic tickets. Prosecutors now may charge distracted drivers with vehicular homicide or assault.
The new law states "that when a person who is behind the wheel of a car and not using a hands-free cell phone device or is texting while driving commits what is considered a reckless act empowers prosecutors to charge the offender with committing vehicular homicide or assault when such type of accident occurs from these actions."
Guadagno said that just as drivers shouldn't drink and drive, neither should they text and drive.