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Assembly Panel Advances Legislation to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use, Texting While Driving
Quijano, Spencer, DeAngelo, Fuentes & Moriarty Measure Would Also Increase Fines
(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday approved a bipartisan measure sponsored on the Democratic side by Assembly members Annette Quijano, L. Grace Spencer, Wayne DeAngelo, Angel Fuentes and Paul Moriarty to crack down on the dangerous use of cell phones while driving.
The bill (A-1080) would stiffen penalties for motorists who get caught driving while talking on a hand-held device or texting, particularly repeat offenders.
“We need to send a louder message that cell phone use while driving is a serious, and often deadly, hazard,” said Quijano (D-Union). “Most people know it’s wrong and have probably had a few scares themselves, but they continue to do it because they think they can get away with it. Hopefully stiffer penalties will change our way of thinking..."
To read more, please visit the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site.
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