The state Assembly is moving forward with a bill that would impose fines for “any activity not associated to the secure operation of the motor vehicle.”
The broad-achieving monthly bill could consist of eating, implementing makeup and other actions that just take away from driving. It sailed by means of the Assembly’s transportation committee by a 12- margin, in accordance to reviews.
The bill’s sponsor, John Wisniewski, explained in a assertion that the measure is frequent perception to avoid fatal crashes.
“Year soon after year stories are issued that describe the dangers of driving distracted, whether it is texting even though driving or using other handheld products,” explained Wisniewski, D-Middlesex. “Yet, horrific car accidents with distracted driving as the root result in continue to arise on New Jersey roadways. That has to adjust.”
The fines levied would be equivalent individuals busted for texting although driving. The first offense would cost a driver among $200 and $400. Subsequent infractions tack on an further $two hundred and right after the third strike, the driver’s license could be suspended.
The officer would have to describe just how the motorist was driving distracted.
Regional advocates have pushed for stricter regulations on driving distracted following the tragic death of motorist Nikki Kellenyi previous calendar year.
But some have bashed the bill’s unclear language.
“I can’t change the radio anymore? I can not alter the CD? I simply cannot appear at a map?” Steve Carrellas, a neighborhood consultant of the National Motorists Affiliation informed the Star-Ledger. “This is a total established of undefined behavior that someone could execute in the automobile that could be deemed not driving.”