Every driver should be aware that texting or using a handheld mobile device while driving is strictly prohibited under the law. Texting or even talking on a handset can result in hundreds of dollars in fines, points on your license, and even suspension of your driver’s license. However, a new legislative proposal aims to enact penalties for texting even if you are not behind the wheel of a vehicle.

NJ Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) introduced a bill that, if enacted, would allow for fines and even jail time for individuals who are looking down at their phones and texting while in a crosswalk. The citation could be issued whether or not you were jaywalking or walking against the traffic signal. The bill states that distractions while walking can be just as dangerous for pedestrians as it is for distractions while driving and that holding pedestrians accountable for distracted walking may increase awareness of the risks. This bill proposal closely follows a new initiative called “Street Smart that aims to increase awareness and enforcement of pedestrian safety laws in NJ.

New Jersey already has several laws directed at pedestrians and violations can result in a ticket and date in municipal court. Like any other type of traffic or municipal violation, jaywalking and other pedestrian offenses can result in fines and other serious consequences. You have the right to defend against these allegations and do not have to simply plead guilty and pay the fine. An experienced New Jersey defense attorney can help you go over your legal options and can represent your rights in court for your jaywalking ticket. The last thing you ever want to do is miss a court date, even if the ticket seems relatively minor. Missing a court date and failing to pay a fine can result in significantly more serious consequences, such as a warrant issued for your arrest.

Call for a Consultation with a NJ Jaywalking Attorney Today

At the Law Office of David C. Barry, we know that even a seemingly minor ticket in traffic court should be taken seriously. We also stay informed regarding any new developments in traffic or pedestrian laws in the state of New Jersey so that we can best defend against any new charges, such as texting while in a crosswalk. If you have received a citation for jaywalking of any other type of violation, please call traffic defense attorney David C. Barry for help today.