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New Jersey seeks to make it illegal to eat while driving

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The transportation committee of the State Assembly of New Jersey State Assembly voted 12-0 Monday to approve a bill that would make it illegal to eat while driving. The law, sponsored by the committee’s chairman, Democratic Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, would also serve to ban "any activity (such as smoking, putting on make-up) deemed unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway."

If passed the bill would impose a $200 fine for a first offense, $400 to $600 for the second and $600 to $800 for the third, with the option of a license suspension after a third offense. The penalties are the same as those already in place for using cell phones while driving.

While this is generally thought to be a good thing, many residents are have expressed concern about whether the language of the bill could be interpreted to include such mundane activities as “changing radio stations, putting in a different CD, etc.”

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