Governor Chris Christie on WFAN in New York back in August: "Go ahead and pass that, I'll veto it. Because my job is to protect NJ from stupid." But...they're talking it up today anyway.
On Thursday morning, the state Assembly transportation committee will discuss that measure and two similar bills as it holds a hearing to consider how the Garden State can crack down on distracted driving.
The panel will also hear testimony from the National Transportation Safety Board on an issue that data shows has become a leading cause for fatal care crashes in the age of cell phones and other gadgets.
The committee's chairman, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), said none of the legislation will be voted on.
"Are there potentials for improvement here?" said Wisniewki, a main sponsor on all the measures. "I'd like to hear what people have to say."
If passed, the main bill in the package (A1908) would prohibit drivers in the state 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."
Listen - It's already interesting how under Christie the NJSP seems to have disappeared from the New Jersey Parkway. Drivers merge when the have a yield to enter with impunity. Folks in Honda Accords zip from lane to lane at 95 MPH. Others sit in the left lane doing 60 MPH and...30% of drivers are texting or on their phones...all free from being stopped. And don't get us started on local PDs not patrolling or stopping tailgaters and texters.
But leave it to NJ's Assembly to waste everyone's collective time anyway.
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