N.J. drivers one step closer to dashboard GPS

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A bill that would allow the installation of a GPS device on a vehicle’s dashboard, console, or windshield is getting closer to final passage in the New Jersey legislature.

Assembly Transportation Committee chairman John Wisniewski says it would benefit drivers who don’t have a built-in navigation system.

“Having an ability to have that device affixed in a secure location, and modifying the law, which would otherwise give a police officer the ability to write you a summons, is a fair compromise.”

Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti has some concerns about it.

“We see a lot of people with it on the console, but the idea of giving permission to attach it to your windshield with wires hanging down and all does create a distracted driving issue.”

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says not knowing where you’re going when you’re driving is even more of a distraction.

The Transportation Committee voted to advance the measure to the full Assembly. It won unanimous approval in the Senate in March.

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