Only in New Jersey: Bill would ban motorists from drinking coffee and driving

by Steph Solis, USA TODAY  |  published on August 9, 2016


New Jersey already draws ire for not letting drivers pump their own gas. But the state might ban them from having a cup of coffee behind the wheel too.

A bill under consideration in the state Legislature calls to prohibit “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway.” That means no cup of coffee for those sitting in traffic, no munching on that breakfast burrito, no time to groom. (No, the law does not target coffee verbatim.)

The bill is meant to target distracted driving, which plays a role in thousands of fatal crashes in the state each year. At least 3,179 fatal crashes were attributed to distracted driving in 2014, according to the state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety website. Distracted driving played a role in nearly 800,000 crashes between 2010 and 2014.

“The issue is that we need to try, in every way, to discourage distracted driving, it’s dangerous,” Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat in Central Jersey, who sponsored the bill, told The Star-Ledger. “Education and enforcement can change the attitudes of people.”

  • robert sanders

    Communist Lawyers trying to disrupt NJ. Wouldn’t live in that state for all the money in the world.

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      • robert sanders

        Stick a piece of pipe up your ASS take it out and suck on it.

  • justinwachin

    My first thought was the government needs to stop trying to control every aspect of its citizens’ lives.

    On second thought this particular legislation makes sense. Distracted driving causes a large number of accidents. I had a person run a red light on me without ever missing a beat on his cell phone conversation. Fortunately I was paying more attention than he was. On a separate occasion my car was totaled by a woman who ran a stop sign and plowed into the side of my car. I don’t know where her mind was but it wasn’t on driving. On another occasion my car was rear ended when a driver’s coffee cup holder fell onto the floor and rolled between the brake pedal and the floor.

    Here in Kentucky many of the four lane divided highways are having their speed raised to 65 miles per hour. Faster speeds and an inattentive driver can do a lot of damage. If the distracted driver and their car was all that suffered from his carelessness I would say the government shouldn’t meddle, but when their distracted driving can seriously injure or kill another person or destroy someone else’s property the government should step in to protect the innocent.

  • Dan

    Where does this stop? Well the fast food industry lobbyists will put an end to this stupid bill real fast…..

  • joe

    The nanny state strikes again. I will BET you that Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) and his cohorts would be immune to this law.

  • Rodney Steward

    Communism at it’s best, but not one word about one of the top killers when it comes to driving, and has now surpassed DUI related accidents in my state, CELL PHONES!! New York, and Californacation are the 2 worst states in America when it comes to their twisted control of the people!

  • Mike V99

    The only thing worse than a democrat is a New Jersey democrat. You are just a silly farm animal that needs to be micro-managed by your democrat masters.

  • Shelly Shannon

    How stupid is this!!! Then you see the same people who sponsored the bill driving around drinking their coffee behind the wheel. What a crock of crap.

  • tjmorgan

    LOL, only in New Jersey. Starbucks will suffer greatly. 🙂

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