26 May: Lesniak Bill To Provide For Consideration Of Cell Phone Use In Vehicular Homicide, Assault Proceedings Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Raymond J. Lesniak which would direct New Jersey’s courts to consider use of a hand-held cell phone while driving as proof of reckless driving during vehicular homicide or assault by auto proceedings was approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee today by a vote of 4-0, with one abstention.

“Unfortunately, too many drivers on New Jersey’s roads still haven’t realized that distracted driving is dangerous driving,” said Senator Lesniak, D-Union. “In the two cases which serve as inspiration for this bill, the families of Helen Kulesh and David and Linda Kubert know all too well that the moment you reach for your cell phone while behind the wheel, you put other, law-abiding drivers at risk. New Jersey drivers need to realize that failure to follow the hands-free cell phone law has real consequences for themselves and others.”