What Are The Texting & Cell Phone Use Laws in New Jersey?
Distracted driving is deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. Unfortunately, individuals continue to let their attention wander when they are behind the wheel, despite knowing the risk of being involved in an auto accident.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in August 2019 enacted a new law that requires first-time DWI offenders to install ignition interlock devices (IIDs) in their cars. IIDs prevent a vehicle from starting if they detect alcohol in a driver's breath. In a press release, Murphy touted the law as a way to deter drunk driving without preventing offenders from providing for themselves and their families.
According to studies by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Consumer Reports, millennial and elderly drivers are more likely than other age groups to be involved in car accidents, as well as in fatal wrecks.
You’re running late for work and you see that your car is covered in snow. It may be tempting to clear it off in a haphazard manner, leaving patches of ice on the hood or roof. But responsible drivers know that snow and ice can fly off a moving vehicle, causing damage to people and property.
In New Jersey, it’s against the law to drive with ice or snow on your vehicle. Police offers can and will issue fines to motorists who fail to clear off their cars.
Your plans for New Year’s Eve might consist of watching the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of your own home. However, if you’re like many New Jersey residents, you probably have a fun party or event to attend that night.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are notoriously dangerous days to be out on the road. This risk is partly due to increased traffic, late-night celebrations, and drunk driving.