Believe it or not, getting a cell phone ticket in NJ for distracted driving is becoming a very serious traffic violation.
Aside from the fact that government officials are rolling out a new campaign to promote awareness of the destructiveness of texting-while-driving and talking on the phone while driving, police are pulling people over left and right for these offenses.
It might be routine these days to ask “Siri” a question while in traffic or use “Okay Google” on the way to work, but these actions could count as distracted driving in NJ and be grounds for an officer to pull you over.
Remember, getting a distracted driving ticket can be costly, in terms of the fine associated with the charge as well as when it comes to your auto insurance.
The first time you are convicted of distracted driving in NJ, you’re looking at a minimum fine of $200 and a maximum fine of $400. For that kind of money, you can buy a brand new smartphone!
The worst part of it is your auto insurance carrier will label you a “careless driver” and raise your auto insurance premium by 55% (according to the InsuranceQuotes.com calculator).
Think about it: if you pay $1,000 per year for car insurance that means, your rate will skyrocket by $550.
This hike is estimated to last for 4 years (and sometimes even longer).
That means in the long run, you could be paying close to $2,500 in out of pocket expenses (over 4 years) for getting caught on the phone while driving.
The good news is a NJ traffic ticket lawyer can help you avoid all of those costs by getting you out of the ticket altogether or negotiating a favorable plea bargain with the prosecutor that will lead to you paying much less.
Make the smart choice and hire an experienced NJ traffic ticket lawyer to help you fight your distracted driving ticket today.