What are the Consequences of Using a Cell Phone While Driving in New Jersey?
It is common knowledge that it is illegal for any driver to use an electronic device while driving. This includes cell phones. However, with the rise in technology and the creation of smartphones, people are often found using them behind the wheel. This is a serious distraction that can cause devastating accidents on the road, which is why it is illegal. It is because of this that those who are found doing so can face a traffic violation, thus resulting in certain penalties. Continue reading below to learn more.
What is a Cell Phone Violation?
When a driver uses a cell phone behind the wheel in New Jersey, they are not paying attention to the road and other drivers they are sharing it with. This can put all vehicles at risk for being involved in a dangerous accident. Some commonly seen examples of cell phone violations can include:
- Talking on a handheld mobile phone
- Writing, sending, reading, or receiving any data. This can include text messages, emails, or using social media.
- Searching through the internet
- Watching or taking any pictures or videos
- Playing games
What are the Consequences of a Cell Phone Violation?
Individuals who are found to be using a cell phone while operating a vehicle can be stopped by law enforcement. In doing so, they can receive a ticket for violating one of the many rules of the road. These tickets can come with certain fines, the amount varying depending on the circumstances of the offense. For example:
- If it is a driver’s first offense, they can face a find between $200 and $400
- If it is a driver’s second offense, they can face a fine between $400 and $600
- If it is a driver’s third or subsequent offense, they can face a fine between $600 and $800.
It is important to understand that drivers who are receiving a cell phone violation for a third time or more can face additional consequences as a result of their behavior. This can include three points on their driving record and higher insurance premiums. In some cases, they may even be subject to a license suspension.
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