Banned text messaging
This law kind of makes sense, as it’s pretty distracting to type a txt message while driving.
They should also ban text messaging while walking in Hoboken. I saw a guy yesterday trip over some garbage and almost fall into the street while fiddling with his phone. What can we ban next after that? “Smexting” (txt messaging while smoking outside a bar)?
Text Messaging While Driving is Banned in NJ
Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill today that prohibits text messaging while driving a motor vehicle and makes it a first-degree offense, meaning police can stop motorists solely for seeing them text messaging.
The legislation (S-1099/A-4146) extends the existing law that prohibits drivers from talking on handheld phones. The law now bans text messaging on phones or on any electronic device.
Previously, a violation was a second-degree offense, meaning motorists could only be ticketed if they were pulled over for some other violation. The fine for violating the law is $100.