$400 fine for eating a sandwich or drinking coffee while driving?

August 8, 2016


Lawmakers will be considering a bill that would make it a traffic offense if you are caught drinking coffee, eating a sandwich, or putting on lipstick while driving. Those are some of the activities the lawmakers considering the bill, in New Jersey, say would qualify as 'distracted driving'. It is true that over 3,000 fatal crashes in a 12 month period in New Jersey were caused by distracted driving (in 2014, the most recent updated records). Penalties suggested for the law, if passed, include $200 to $400 for first offense, up to $600 for second offense, and up to $800 and 3 month suspension of license for third offense. Read more about the proposed bill here.

Tennessee lawmakers may consider a similar bill at some point. Tennessee's 'distracted driver' accidents (fatal and non-fatal combined) have doubled since 2006. In 2006 there were just over 10,500 recorded, whereas in 2015 nearly 23,000 wrecks were attributed to distraction. See the totals, including county breakdowns here.

Distracted driving is a real offense. If you are suffering from an accident caused by a distracted driver. Contact us at the the law office of T. Verner Smith by phoning (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.

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