banning drivers from using hand-held cell phones won final legislative approval
this week in New Jersey.
Assembly voted 65-9 Jan.12 to pass the measure and forward it to Gov. James
McGreevey, who has indicated his support for the legislation. The bill passed
the Senate in October.
the bill is signed into law, New Jersey will become the second state in the
nation to enact such a ban. Only New York has a similar law.
limits drivers to the use of “hands-free” devices, but still allows drivers to
dial, answer and turn on their mobile phones.
measure does not allow police to stop drivers for using hand-held phones. They
can only be ticketed if stopped for another reason. Fines would range from $100
No points would be assessed against the offender’s driving
bill would exempt emergency calls.