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Senate committee approves proposal to toughen penalties for using cellphone, texting while driving

Senate committee approves proposal to toughen penalties for using cellphone, texting while driving

Declaring that many traffic safety advocates contend that driving while intoxicated to be less lethal than driving while texting, state Senators Richard Codey (D-Essex) and John Girgenti (D-Passaic) have advanced legislation which would make New Jersey's texting-while-driving law the toughest in the nation.

The measure, which would upgrade the penalty structure for repeat offenders, was approved Monday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-1.

The bill, S-2181, would put in place a graduated penalty structure for repeat offenders who violate the state's hands-free cell phone law more than once in a 10-year period – a motor vehicle violation that, under current law, carries a $100 fine for first and subsequent offenses.

 

Getting organized as easy as 1-2-3 -- 4, 5, 6, 7 ...

Getting organized as easy as 1-2-3 -- 4, 5, 6, 7 ...
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

Well, the kids are back in school. Time to get organized.

Actually, I was supposed to get organized this summer. I figured, you know, lazy days, schedu...

Camden was once a hub of music

Camden was once a hub of music
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

Many folks don't have much pause for Camden.

Its reputation for crime, corruption, decay and as the place just across from Philly, stops too ma...

Viking Cooking School is more than nice ovens

Viking Cooking School is more than nice ovens

Culinary playground has locations in Fairfield and at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City

BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Harrah's Resort Atlantic City advertises its three-month old Viking Cooking Sc...

September brings the winds of change

September brings the winds of change
BY LORI SENDER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hmm, where were we . . . ah, yes . . . Ben and camp . . . and my festering doubts as to whether he truly liked it there and would ever actually consider going back....

‘FOOTs' join Bennies and Shoobies on Jersey Shore's most unwanted list

‘FOOTs' join Bennies and Shoobies on Jersey Shore's most unwanted list
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Many Jersey shore locals have long resented summer visitors, blaming them for noise, trash and traffic, while overlooking the added revenue they bring. The tourists hav...

Farmers in 10 South Jersey counties in line for federal aid after May weather damaged crops

Farmers in 10 South Jersey counties in line for federal aid after May weather damaged crops

Disaster designation issued

In the aftermath of high winds, frost, freeze, hail and flooding in May that led to crop losses, the federal government Tuesday designated 10 New Jersey counties as natural ...

Back to school

Back to school
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hard as it is to believe, summer is over and students are heading back to school for their fall semester. There's still time to stop by your local mall and prepare your...

Hey parents: Your back to school shopping list has a few new items

Hey parents: Your back to school shopping list has a few new items
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT'S FUNNY

The time has come: I've got to hit the stores and get the kids their back to school supplies. I typically put this off until the last minute because...

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