New Jersey bill would ban texting while driving
A proposal now wending its way through the New Jersey Legislature would prohibit most drivers in that state from text-messaging when they are behind the wheel.
Introduced by AssemblymanPaul Moriarty (D-Turnersville) and two of his colleagues, the measure would provide for fines of between $100-$250 for violators.
"It's extremely dangerous," Moriarty told Reuters of the dreaded text-while-driving practice. "It requires you to completely take your eyes off the world. I see people driving down the street using both their thumbs to send a text message, and I can only imagine they are steering with their knees."
Backed by 20 legislators from both parties, the bill is expected to be debated in committee in May or June, and then if passed, go to the full Assembly and Senate after that. Moriarty said leaders of both of these bodies have indicated they are in favor of the bill.
Expect to hear more from Moriarty about this issue. Why? He's a media consultant by trade. Those people are kind of vocal.
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