The scourge of cell phone motorists has reached epidemic proportions in Westwood, NJ, and across the state. There is no doubt that a distracted driver is a dangerous driver.
In New Jersey, it is unlawful to use a handheld cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. This is a primary enforcement law in NJ, which means that an officer may cite a driver for using a handheld cell phone without any other traffic offense taking place. Text messaging while driving is also unlawful in NJ, and is also a primary enforcement law.
Additionally, novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone use, whether handheld or hands-free, while driving.
It seems that the unlawful nature of this conduct is no deterrent. Watch the traffic on any street in Westwood and you will readily observe adults with children in their cars, persons driving large commercial vehicles, and even borough employees (cops, for example) driving borough-owned vehicles, all while holding cell phones up to their ears in violation of the law.
Here is an example of a cell phone motorist driving in Westwood on 6/11/11 in a green Cherokee Sport. This young woman drove without a care in the world and was observed changing lanes and making a turn without a directional, and driving erratically, all while gabbing away on her cell phone.
This epidemic of stupidity and criminality on Westwood, NJ roads must stop.
If only Westwood had a department of persons on staff to enforce the laws.
Dare to dream …