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Tougher Driver Cellphone Penalities Approved by NJ Senate

Drivers caught talking or texting on their cellphones in New Jersey may soon face increased fines and license suspensions.

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The state Senate approved the measure on a 38-0 vote Monday afternoon.

It would increase fines from $100 to $200 for the first offense. A second offense would carry a $400 fine, while a third violation would mean a $600 fine. The fines would be used for a public education program.

Violators also could have their driver’s licenses suspended for 90 days for their third and subsequent offenses, and they would receive three points on their driving records.

Sen. Dick Codey, the measure’s primary sponsor, says current penalties aren’t enough to stop violations. The Assembly has not yet considered the bill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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