Drivers could possibly be pulled over for snacking, smoking or putting on make-up behind the wheel under a bill that has been advanced in the New Jersey Assembly.
The proposed law would fine drivers found to “engage in any activity unrelated to the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.”
The bill advanced by a 12-0 vote Monday in the Assembly’s transportation committee. It does not spell out which activities would and would not be considered distracted driving, instead leaving that determination up to police.
New Jersey National Motorists Association representative Steve Carrellas tells The Star-Ledger that the proposal is too vague.
“I can’t adjust the radio anymore? I can’t change the CD? I can’t look at a map?” he told the paper. “This is a whole set of undefined behavior that someone could perform in the car that could be considered not driving.”
The bill has not been introduced in the state Senate.
8 thoughts on “New Jersey Proposal Bans Snacking, Smoking Behind the Wheel”
Statists never rest, they will keep pushing and pushing this crap until we either stop them or they control every aspect of our lives.
OMG! (Slapping myself on the forehead) Is there anything they won’t make illegal or make a law for these days? I mean when was the last time they made a law that ALLOWED you to DO something rather than prevent or take away your ability to do something? Think about it.
driving with screaming children in the car — that is about one of the most distracting things there is.
Oh come on, EE. You’re not thinking clearly. That would be penalizing and hurting the children. We all know the Communist would never do anything to hurt the children. They’ll just fine the driver because he can’t control the children from screaming and thus putting them in danger. Remember: It’s all about the children. I’m just trying to think like a good Communist. (Sarcasm)
I got an idea. How about the people of New Jersey just give it right back at them by suing McDonalds for putting that hot cup of coffee in your hand while you were driving in the first place? I’m sure we’d all win the lawsuit and that ticket will be meaningless. And how about the car dealership which put that pre-packaged/pre-installed CD player in your new car? It’s his fault that you got the ticket for listening to music or the news while driving your car. Not yours. And how about suing Maybelline for that cop who ticketed you for putting make-up on in the car? “Maybe it’s Maybelline”. Ever think of that?
Nope. Let’s just ticket the easy guys. The peasants. Typical.
By the way, does this proposal apply to cops who eat donuts while driving in their cars? No? Didn’t think so. I forgot. Two sets of laws. One for us and one for them. Don’t want to offend Gov. Christie Creme and his Jelly Donut gang.
I once had a girlfriend that was kinda kinky and enjoyed, uhhh, doing a certain sexual thing to me while I was driving.
Would that be against the law too?