Three strikes and you’re out for big talkers

TRENTON, N.J. — A Garden State senator introduced measures that could make New Jersey’s distracted driving law one of the strictest.

According to local media, State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) introduced a bill earlier this month that would suspend the licenses of motorists caught talking or texting on a handheld device while driving, three times. A similar bill was proposed in the State’s lower house this week by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union).

The proposed bill would keep the current fine of $100 for the first offense, but then progressively increase the penalties to $250 for the second offense and $500 for the third offense, as well as the suspension.

Drivers who show good behaviour — going 10 years between offenses — would go back to having zero strikes and not face the increased penalty.

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