Say goodbye to your morning coffee if you live in New Jersey.
A new state bill proposal is a prime example of how obnoxious, bloated and tyrannical the government is becoming.
The bill aims to take on “distracted drivers” with fines for offenses that include, well, just about everything, LawNews.com, reported. The first section of the bill goes into great detail about how and when to use a wireless communication device, such as a cell phone.
The second section of the bill gets a bit shadier. A portion of it reads, according to LawNews.com:
This bill addresses the increasing problem of distracted driving. The bill specifically prohibits a driver from engaging in any activity, not related to the operation of the vehicle, in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.
Indeed the language is extremely and conveniently vague, opening up the possibility to collect money for doing just about anything. LawNews.com did some research and found out just what constitutes “distracted driving” in the state of New Jersey.
According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, the following are considered “driving distractions.”
- Eating and drinking
- Tuning a radio or CD player
- Talking to passengers
- Tending to children
- Applying makeup
That’s right, folks in New Jersey could ostensibly be fined for finding a better tune on the radio or even talking to a passenger, according LawNews.com.
If previous generations aren’t rolling over in their graves with disbelief and the sheer stupidity and all around wussiness, they surely are rolling with laughter, and perhaps even pity for the sane still among us.
So why the push for the crazy new law? Perhaps the hefty fines have something to do with it.
For a first offense, the bill calls for a fine that will net the state between $200 and $400. A third offense could cost a driver $800, plus a 90-day license suspension and penalty points.
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