Tougher Driver Cellphone Law Gets Legislative Approval
The New Jersey Senate has given final approval to a measure making it easier to convict drivers of vehicular homicide or assault by auto when they kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.
Lawmakers voted 37-0 for the bill. It now heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
The bill classifies the illegal use of a hand-held cellphone as driving recklessly, one of the factors in finding a person guilty of vehicular homicide or assault by auto.
Lawmakers say it's currently difficult to hold drivers criminally accountable when they kill or injure someone while using a cellphone.
The Assembly voted 79-0 for the measure last week.
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