New Jersey has been concerned for years with distracted driving, so you can be pulled over and ticketed for using a hand-held phone while driving. “Use” is considered to be talking or listening on the phone, texting, or e-mailing.
The penalty is a fine of $100 to $250 plus court costs of $33. Sometimes people will plead to this as part of a bargain with a municipal prosecutor as an alternative to unsafe operation. However, the penalties for the latter charge cannot be avoided, as they apply to this offense when used in a plea bargain.
Hands-free usage of a cell phone is acceptable, as long as:
Any distraction to driving should be avoided to prevent injury to yourself or others as a result of an accident.
If you have been charged with distracted driving in South Jersey, please feel free to call me at 856-432-4113 or contact me through this site to schedule a free consultation.
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