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. (July 1, 2014 10:33 PM)

(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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