Texting While Driving – TWD is the new DWI
The text is better off, and so are you, if you wait to read it when you are stop at the side of the road, out of traffic. A stop at a stop sign, red light, or in traffic is NOT the same thing as being stopped at the side of the road with the car in “park.” Operation of the motor vehicle is essentially anything that allows you to drive the car: engine running, key in ignition (if it needs to be to start the engine), foot on the break to keep the car motionless. If you are operating the vehicle, keep your hands off the phone. In some municipalities talking on the phone is reason for a summons, to be pulled over, and come what may (open container, no seat belt, drugs in view, etc) . If you are testing while driving you risk an accident that even if it only involves property damage and not injury, will likely result in your insurance company declining coverage. DWT tickets are difficult to defend, and always cost more than you waiting to reads the text until you are not driving. Injure a pedestrian texting while driving can result in serious criminal charges. Please, we all wish to be safe on the road. Texting while driving is not a safe practice nor will it ever be. Please keep the phone out of your hands while driving, and you and the rest of us will be better of for it. If you have a motor vehicle violation that involves texting and need counsel, I will take your phone call (only) free of charge to consult on the options available to you.
SPECIALIZING IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE THROUGHOUT NEW JERSEY
Howard W. Bailey, Esq.
550 Broad Street, Suite 601
Newark, NJ 07102