bill in the New Jersey Assembly would get tough with people who
drive while primping, eating, reading, fiddling with an active pet
or gabbing on a cell phone.
sponsored by Assemblyman Douglas Fisher, D-Bridgeton, would permit
police to charge drivers with reckless, careless or unsafe driving
if the officer thought the person was distracted while driving.
driver is responsible for the safety of others and has an obligation
to stay focused and alert while operating a motor vehicle because
accidents can occur in the blink of an eye, particularly at high
speeds,” Fisher wrote.
the bill, distracted driving would include such activities as grooming,
eating, drinking, reading, tending to unsecured pets or talking
on a cell phone.
reckless or careless driving infraction could carry fines up to
$200 and/or two months in jail. An unsafe driving infraction could
result in a $150 fine.