A New Jersey Assembly panel is
reviewing legislation that would require drivers to keep their hands off cell
Gov. James McGreevey has said he
will sign the bill if it clears the full Assembly, which would make the state
the second in the nation to enact such a ban, The Express-Times reported. Only New York has a similar law.
“It’s a public safety issue,”
McGreevey spokesman Micah Rasmussen told the newspaper. “There’s nothing more
frustrating than someone who takes their own life in their hands and yours when
they’re paying more attention to dialing a phone than they are to a car next to
The state Senate previously
approved the measure.
S338, which would prohibit
hand-held cell phone use while driving, is now before the Assembly
Transportation Committee. Talking on a phone equipped with a “hands-free”
device would still be permitted.
infraction would be a secondary offense, meaning police could only ticket
drivers if pulled over for some other offense. Violators could be fined up to
The bill would exempt emergency
If approved by the
transportation panel, the measure will head to the full Assembly for