In New Jersey, talking on one’s cellphone or texting while driving are already illegal offenses. But lawmakers are currently considering whether or not the current penalties go far enough, and an initial vote shows that fines may soon get quite a bit higher for those who insist on breaking the law multiple times. The State Assembly passed a measure that would make initial citations $200, a number that doubles for a subsequent offense. If a violator is cited a third time, he or she would have to pay $600, and they could also have their license suspended for three months. Before the measure becomes law, however, it will need to be voted on by the Senate.
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