I thought there was a thread already on this stupid law, but I guess not. It was probably just discussed in another thread.

Well I think the cell phone ban while driving is stupid and is for only one reason - as a way of making money for the state. If it was so dangerous and it was actually about saving lives, don't you think they would ban other things people do while driving - like eating, putting on make-up, reading newspapers, etc???? of course it's not about saving lives! It's easier to catch people talking on a cell phone than it is to worry about stopping all the people doing all the other things. Anyway - don't you think the cops would be mad if they weren't able to eat their donut and coffee??? But hey - we all know cops are above the law in New Jersey, I see numerous cops talking on the phone - and don't forget that good ole PBA card that gets any relative or friend of a NJ cop out of a ticket - but that's another rant which will be posted shortly.

Anyway - I thought everyone would be interested in this crap that the NJ legislature is doing - instead of worry about lowering NJ taxes, they are trying to figure out how to wring the last drop of blood from us....

Officials Unveil New Cell Phone Enforcement Program: “Hang Up, Just Drive”

Trenton – Highway traffic safety and local police officials today unveiled a new cell phone enforcement pilot program designed to enhance efforts to stop motorists from texting and using hand-held cell phones when behind the wheel.

Known as “Hang Up, Just Drive,” the initiative provides grants of $4,000 each to 18 local police departments for identifying and stopping motorists who they observe texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving. Beginning March 2 and running through March 15, the two-week program will help to further increase compliance with New Jersey’s primary cell phone law, which has been in effect since March 1, 2008.

According to Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer, the initiative will send a strong message to motorists that this behavior is not only illegal, but dangerous.

“We know that in 2007, driver inattention was a contributing factor in 22,641 traffic crashes. Of these crashes, 1,866 crashes involved hand-held phones and 1,421 involved talking hands-free,” Fischer said. “A driver’s attention should be focused solely on driving, period. Any phone conversation, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, is distracting and can instantly take a driver’s mind and eyes off the road, creating a potentially deadly situation.”

Under the new effort, police officers will be positioned both on the street and in police vehicles at various intersections in their municipality, where they can observe drivers who may be violating the cell phone law. If a violation is observed, the vehicle will be pulled over and the driver issued a citation. Motorists face a $100 fine for violating the law.

Fischer added that according to a Fairleigh Dickenson University PublicMinds Poll of New Jersey motorists, 59 percent say they never use a hand-held cell phone while driving, yet 79 percent say that they see others violating the law.

“The public perception is that this law is not being enforced, and that’s simply not true,” Fischer stated. “Between March 1, 2008 and January, 2009 — the first 11 months the primary cell phone law has been in effect — more than 108,000 tickets were issued to cell phone violators. Clearly, the law is being enforced, and this new effort will further the good work police departments throughout New Jersey are already doing to stop cell phone violators.”

As part of the Division’s efforts to continue educating both residents and visitors to New Jersey about the state’s primary cell phone law, posters will be placed in rest stops on both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Palm cards with information on the law will also be distributed to the public through traffic safety and law enforcement agencies.

A list of the police agencies receiving grants for this initiative can be found at, www.nj.gov/oag/hts/grants/grantees.html. Additional information on New Jersey’s cell phone law and educational materials that can be downloaded to increase public awareness, are available on the Division’s web site, at www.njsaferoads.com.
Here are the towns to watch out for when driving and god forbid - talking on a cell phone...

LINWOOD PD
NORTHFIELD PD
SOMERS POINT PD
ELMWOOD PARK PD
FAIR LAWN PD
TEANECK PD
OCEAN CITY PD
PITMAN PD
WASHINGTON TWP PD
HAMILTON TWP PD
LAWRENCE TWP PD
HANOVER TWP PD
MORRIS TWP PD
PARSIPPANY TROY HILLS PD
CRANFORD PD
HILLSIDE PD
KENILWORTH PD
WESTFIELD PD
Also, don't you love the cute little names the state legislature comes up with to screw over the tax payer??? "Hang Up, Just Drive". Not as catchy as "Click It or Ticket". I guess the politician who came up with that one is in jail for corruption charges so they had to rely on a less poetic politician to name the latest "screw NJ taxpayer" law.

BTW - Click it or ticket is stupid too. If someone doesn't want to wear their seat belt and dies or is seriously injured - it's their own damn fault. What happened to personal responsibility in this state.