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New Jersey Bill Would Simplify Payment Of Cell-Phone Fines

October 12, 2004

A New Jersey Assembly panel approved a bill on September 30 that would spare a court appearance for drivers in the state nabbed chatting on a hand-held cell phone while driving, according to Land Line magazine.The Assembly Transportation Committee voted 13-0 on Sept. 30 to send the measure to the full Assembly for consideration. The bill, A3299, would allow violators to pay a fine through the mail instead of at municipal court. The fine for breaking the 3-month-old law would be set at a fixed rate of $100. Judges now can order fines of up to $250.Currently, drivers ticketed for using a hand-held phone must show up in court even if they want to plead guilty and pay the fine.The new law does not allow police to stop drivers for using hand-held phones. They can only be ticketed for phone use if stopped for another reason. In New York, police can stop a driver for talking on a phone even if no other driving infraction took place.
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