NJ law boosts fines for using cellphone and driving

Posted: June 28, 2013

Penalties will increase for using a cellphone while driving in New Jersey, following Gov. Christie's signature on a new law Thursday.

Under current law, the fine for using a hand-held electronic device while driving is $100. The new law will increase that fine to a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $400 for a first offense, a minimum of $400 and a maximum of $600 for a second offense, and a minimum of $600 and a maximum of $800 for third or subsequent offenses.

The law also permits judges to impose a 90-day driver's license suspension for anyone convicted of the offense three or more times, and three-time offenders will receive three motor vehicle penalty points.

The new law will take effect in 13 months.

- Paul Nussbaum

 

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