NJ panel approves tougher driver cell phone law

TRENTON - Drivers caught talking or texting on their cell phones in New Jersey may soon face increased fines and license suspensions.

A measure approved 5-0 Monday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee would increase fines for violators from $100 to $200 for the first offense.

A second offense would get 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.

The bill now heads to the full Senate, where a similar measure was approved in 2010. A similar bill is in the Assembly.

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