Cell Phone Safety
|Effective March 1, 2008 New Jersey law makes using a hand-held communications device a primary offense. Authorities will issue a $100 fine to any driver caught violating this law, although no points will be issued to the license. Although it is discouraged, drivers may use a hands-free device if it does not interfere with standard safety equipment. “Use” of a wireless phone and any other hand-held communication device includes, but is not limited to, talking or listening to another person, texting, or sending and receiving electronic messages.
A hand-held phone may be used for an emergency only and the driver must keep one hand on the wheel at all times. In an effort to increase safety on the roads, this law will be enforced. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is estimated that 25% of all police-reported traffic accidents are accountable to driving distraction from all sources, including cell phones.
Cell Phone Safety Tips:
- Turn your phone off or put ring on silent to avoid the urge to answer.
- Put your phone in a secure location that is easy to reach, in case of emergency.
- Never dial while driving, move to a safe area off of the road.
- Prior to driving, store important contact information in your phone.
- Use a hands-free unit so that both of your hands are on the steering wheel at all times.
- Become familiar with your phone’s speed dialing and voice-activation features to minimize dialing.
- Prior to driving, set up your voice-mail to take messages.
Put the Phone Down [pdf-English]
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Put the Phone Down [pdf-Spanish]
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