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A New Bill Could Make Texting at a Red Light Illegal…

November 20, 2013

By J.P. McCormick, Summer Associate

New Jersey Senator Richard Codey has proposed a new bill that would expand the state’s laws against texting while driving. Current drivers are allowed to text message while temporarily stopped in traffic jams, at red lights, and stop signs. Codey hopes to make these options illegal, and in doing so make the state eligible for Distracted Driving Grant Program, which is a federal grant to be used by states to help deter distracted drivers. Under the current state of the law, New Jersey is not eligible for this funding. Codey is running out of time to get this bill passed, because if it is not passed by both houses by January when the current term ends, he will have to reintroduce it during the next term.

To read the actual text of the bill, click here.

Codey believes that texting at a red light should be illegal just as if you are at a red light while intoxicated is considered a DUI. Do you think that texting while at a red light, at a stop sign, or while stopped in traffic should be illegal? Let us know what you think on Twitter @CLDDS or on Facebook.

JP2J.P. McCormick is in his third year at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he is an Executive Editor for the University of New Hampshire Law Review. Upon finishing his third year of law school, J.P. intends to practice in New Jersey, and is interested in all aspects of civil law. You can follow him on Twitter @JP_McCormick.


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