With 25 percent of all car accidents involving a driver on a cell phone, in 2015 New Jersey increased penalties and launched an awareness campaign aimed at getting drivers to put down their cell phones when behind the wheel. The result? A drop in distracted driving violations of about 28 percent.
In 2014, a law increased penalties for either texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. A first offense will now get you a fine of $200, a second offense $400, and a third offense could not only cost you $600 but also get you a 90-day license suspension.