N.J. panel considers tougher driver cell phone law

    Careful, Jersey drivers! Those caught talking or texting on cell phones may soon face increased fines and license suspensions.

    A measure being considered today by the state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee would increase fines for violators from $100 to $200 for the first offense. A second offense would garner a $400 fine, while a third violation would mean a $600 fine.

    Violators also could have their driver’s license suspended for 90 days for the third and subsequent violations. They also would receive three points on their license. A similar measure was approved by the full Senate in 2010.

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