Tougher NJ Fines For Drivers Using Phone

Tougher NJ Fines For Drivers Using Phone

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Drivers in New Jersey who get caught using a cell phone behind the wheel will face tougher penalties.

A bill signed into law today increases the fine to a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $400 for the first time a driver gets caught talking or texting while driving.

If caught again, one could be forced to pay up to $600.

By the third infraction, a judge could suspend the driver's license for 90 days, give penalty points, and impose a maximum fine of $800.

The law also requires the chief administrator of the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to develop a public education program on the dangers of phone use and texting while driving.

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