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    N.J. Senate committee advances conviction bill for drivers using cell phones during accidents

    New Jersey’s Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has advanced a bill that makes it easier for prosecutors to convict drivers caught using their cell phones during car accidents.

    The bill allows the proof that someone was using a hand-held cell phone while driving to be used as evidence of reckless driving, NJ.com reports, helping prosecutors obtain vehicular homicide or assault by auto convictions for drivers who kill or injure someone while using cell phone behind the wheel.

    The state already has a cell phone ban for drivers, but a bill similar to the one advanced today did not pass the committee stage in the last legislative session.

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