Distracted driving is a danger to your passengers and yourself. It’s also a danger to the other people on the road around you. Although you may think that it’s not a big deal to check your phone or to turn the radio station, those distractions may lead to a collision. It only takes a couple of seconds for you to end up crashing into someone else.
Did you know that there are over 250,000 motor vehicle collisions in New Jersey each year? Many of these collisions are a result of distracted driving.
New Jersey has strict laws against distracted driving in the state
It’s important to note that New Jersey does have laws banning certain kinds of distracted driving. As of 2020, New Jersey prohibited these behaviors:
- Using a cell phone or texting device, even in hands-free mode, if the driver is under 21 or holds a learner’s permit
- Texting or playing video games on the road while driving
- Using portable communication devices or handheld cell phones
- Using a cell phone as a school bus driver. This includes using hands-free mode when driving
Did you know that there are exceptions to the rules, though? So, even if most people stop doing these things, there could still be distracted drivers on the road. For example, drivers are able to use their phone if they believe that their life may be in danger. They could also use a device to report an accident, road hazard or other emergency.
Drivers are allowed to send and receive texts at red lights, and headsets may be used. This is something to keep in mind as you focus on looking out for the hazards around you.
How can you report someone who is driving dangerously on the road?
It is possible to report someone who is acting reckless by dialing #77 to report the driver. It is better to pull over your own vehicle and to stop before making the report.
In an emergency, you can dial out to 911 instead. Stop your vehicle before you call if you can so that you are being safe yourself. If you’re hit, remember to tell someone what the other driver was doing, so you can make a personal injury claim based on that report.