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What are the Consequences of a New Jersey Cell Phone Violation?

It is against the law to use an electronic device while operating a vehicle in any state, including New Jersey. This means that drivers are not allowed to use their cell phone. This is because they distract drivers, which can cause serious accidents to occur that result in life-changing injuries to those involved. If a driver violates this law, they can receive a traffic violation that comes with certain consequences. Continue reading below to learn more. 

What is a Cell Phone Violation?

As cell phones have become more common over the years, so have cell phone violations. Drivers who use cell phones behind the wheel of their car in the state of New Jersey are putting all other vehicles on the road at risk for injury or even death. Some common examples of cell phone violations can include the following:

  • Talking on a handheld mobile phone
  • Writing, sending, reading, or receiving any data. This can include text messages, emails, or using social media.
  • Searching through the internet
  • Watching or taking any pictures or videos
  • Playing games

What are the Consequences of a Cell Phone Violation?

When a person is found using a cell phone while driving, they can be stopped by law enforcement and issued a ticket. Along with these tickets come certain fines. The amount can vary depending on the circumstances of the offense. For example:

  • If it is a driver’s first offense, they can face a find between $200 and $400
  • If it is a driver’s second offense, they can face a fine between $400 and $600
  • If it is a driver’s third or subsequent offense, they can face a fine between $600 and $800. 

Drivers who are receiving a cell phone violation for a third time or more can face additional consequences as a result. This can include three points on their driving record as well as higher insurance premiums. There are some cases in which they may even be subject to a license suspension.

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