Assemblywoman Muñoz proposes bill outlawing texting at red light

Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz proposed a bill outlawing texting

Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz proposed a bill outlawing texting at red lights. (Credit: File Photo)

TRENTON - A New Jersey assemblywoman has introduced legislation that would make it illegal for drivers to text or speak on a hand-held phone while stopped at a red light or stop sign.

The bill sponsored by Deputy Assembly Republican Leader Nancy Muñoz would also require the written driver’s test to ask questions pertaining to distracted driving.

“The national stats on deaths and injuries due to distracted driving are alarming, but preventable,” Assemblywoman Muñoz said in a statement.

The statement continued, “Young drivers are especially vulnerable. Over one-third of distracted driving deaths involved drivers under the age of 30. All motorists need to be educated on the dangers of distracted driving and the first place to begin is on the driver’s test.”

In 2013, Muñoz also introduced a bill that doubled fines for drivers issued summons for texting while driving, which Gov. Chris Christie signed into law.

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