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New Jersey Senate Panel Recommends Increases in Fines for Cell Phone Use While Driving

From the New Jersey Law Journal:

"The New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday recommended increased fines for texting or talking on a cell phone while driving.

"The committee passed a measure, S-69, that would raise the current $100 fine to $200 for a first offense, $400 for a second offense and $600 for a third or subsequent offense.

"Third and subsequent offenders would receive three motor vehicle penalty points and could face a 90-day drivers' license suspension.

"The bill's sponsor, Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, testified that research has shown that drunken drivers have reaction times 10 times better than drivers texting or talking on a cell phone."

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