As you guys from NJ must know by now from the digital signs flashing the warning you to put the cell phone down starting March 1. I bet they can’t wait to start collecting that new revenue. I bet they have a quota that they’re looking to fill to get money into the cash strapped budget.
For New Jersey drivers, the message is clear: Keep your thumbs on the wheel and off the keypad.
Beginning Saturday, police can slap drivers with a $100 fine for talking or sending a text message on hand-held devices.
New Jersey joins four other states, including neighboring New York, where talking on a hand-held cell phone is reason enough to get pulled over. The Garden State is the first where text-messaging on the road is a primary offense, meaning police need no other reason to pull a driver over, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Pam Fischer, director of New Jersey’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said officers will be on the lookout for telltale signs of distracted drivers – slow driving and the “cell-phone weave.”
Drivers can still use their cell phones to contact police or emergency services, and can talk at any time with a hands-free device. But crash statistics suggest that those headsets and earpieces may not make conversations in the car any safer.