New Jersey phone ban toughens up

February 29, 2008 12:50:44 PM PST
For drivers in New Jersey, the message is clear: Keep your thumbs on the wheel and off the keypad. Starting Saturday, police can slap drivers with a $100 fine for talking or text messaging on hand-held devices.

New Jersey joins four other states, including New York, where talking on a hand-held cell phone is reason enough to get pulled over.

New Jersey also becomes the first state where text messaging on the road is a primary offense, meaning police need no other reason to pull a driver over.

Drivers, though, can still use their cell phones to contact police or emergency services, and can talk at any time with a hands-free device.