The New Jersey legislature is proposing to make use of a cell phone while driving fall under the state’s reckless driving statutes. As noted by MyfoxNY, talking on a cell phone without use of a hands-free device, bluetooth, or other method is already against the law, and can get you a traffic citation. The new proposed laws (Assembly Bill 2816 and Senate Bill 1950) would add any manual cell phone use, for voice, internet, or texting, as grounds for a reckless driving offense. The primary purpose of the bill is to establish that use of a cell phone while driving is inherently reckless. Therefore, any tragic resulting accident or incident is punishable my New Jersey’s vehicular homicide or assault by auto laws.
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