Cell phones have become a huge part of our lives. We use them in almost every single situation, including while we drive. We often use our phones to change a song or check the GPS. But, cellphone usage while driving can become extremely dangerous, even when we do things that we deem safe, like using the GPS. In fact, studies have shown that using your cell phone while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence. As a result, law enforcement has been cracking down on cell phone use in the car to keep the roads safer. If you are pulled over for using your phone while driving, you may be issued an expensive fine. Read this blog for more information regarding cell phone violations in New Jersey.
What Constitutes a Cell Phone Violation?
Using your phone while driving puts yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous, and there are few things more distracting than our cell phones.
Below are some of the actions that are considered to be cell phone violations in New Jersey:
- Talking on a handheld mobile phone rather than using a handsfree device
- Writing, sending, reading, or receiving any data.
- This can include text messages, emails, or using social media.
- Searching the internet
- Watching or taking any pictures or videos
- Playing games
What are the Penalties of a Cell Phone Violation in New Jersey?
A cell phone penalty can be very expensive, especially if you are pulled over multiple times for the same offense. The more times you are pulled over for a cell phone violation, the higher your fine will be. Below are the potential fines you may face for a cell phone violation:
- First offense- Fine between $200 and $400
- Second offense- Fine between $400 and $600
- Third or subsequent offense- $600 and $800, 3-points to your driving record
- This may also impact your insurance premiums and in some cases, your license can be revoked.
If you or a loved one is issued a fine for using your cell phone while driving, you will need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney. Reach out to The Law Offices of Richard E. Novak, LLC with any questions or concerns regarding cell phone violations in New Jersey and what to do next.
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