Codey: Cell Phones Are Not A License To Be Careless

Senate President Applauds Assembly Committee for Approving Motorist Cell Phone Ban

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey, D-Essex, today applauded the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee for approving his bill (S1099) to crack down on the use of hand-held electronic devices by motorists, signaling a victory for driver safety.

“When people are driving while on their cell phones they have a harder time checking their blind spots, usually don’t use their blinkers and are generally less aware of what’s going on around them. A cell phone is not a license to be careless,” said Sen. Codey. “We survived for nearly a century driving without cell phones, there’s no reason why all of the sudden they should be imperative. If the phone call is that important, people should make it a point to use a wireless device to free up their hands and minimize distractions.”

The Codey-backed measure, which passed the full Senate last year and now heads to the full Assembly, would make driving while using a hand-held electronic device a primary offense rather than a secondary offense as it currently stands. The offense would carry a minimum penalty of $100 and a maximum of $250.

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