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NJ raises fines for using phones while driving

Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught

Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices. (Credit: )

(AP) - Motorists who can't put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey.

Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices.

First-time offenders would have to pay a fine of between $200 and $400. Drivers convicted of a second offense would have to pay between $400 and $600. Motorists convicted of a third and subsequent offenses...

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