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    TheNJBen is offline Member
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    Cell Phone Ticket -- NJ

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? NJ

    Hello, My wife got a ticket for cell phone use while driving in NJ. The problem is that according to the law, she is not guilty. She was talking on speaker phone and picked it up to hang it up, which is when the officer saw her. He pulled her over and asked if she was talking. She said on speaker and only picked it up to hang it up. He gave her a ticket. NJ Law #1 Allows the use of speaker phone when driving and #2 NJ Law specifically allows use of hands on a cell phone to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function on the phone.

    Any tips on fighting this in court that will amount to more then he said/she said?

    Thanks
    Ben
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    The Occultist is offline Senior Member
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    Can you please provide the statute number for the charge?
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    where was the phone while she was actually talking on it? Did the officer claim he saw her doing anything other than disconnecting the call.

    39:4-97.3 Use of hands-free wireless telephone in moving vehicle; definitions; enforcement.



    1. a. The use of a wireless telephone by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful except when the telephone is a hands-free wireless telephone, provided that its placement does not interfere with the operation of federally required safety equipment and the operator exercises a high degree of caution in the operation of the motor vehicle.
    b. The operator of a motor vehicle may use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only if:
    (1) The operator has reason to fear for his life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against himself or another person; or
    (2) The operator is using the telephone to report to appropriate authorities a fire, a traffic accident, a serious road hazard or medical or hazardous materials emergency, or to report the operator of another motor vehicle who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A hand-held wireless telephone user's telephone records or the testimony or written statements from appropriate authorities receiving such calls shall be deemed sufficient evidence of the existence of all lawful calls made under this paragraph.
    As used in this act, "hands-free wireless telephone" means a mobile telephone that has an internal feature or function, or that is equipped with an attachment or addition, whether or not permanently part of such mobile telephone, by which a user engages in a conversation without the use of either hand; provided, however, this definition shall not preclude the use of either hand to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the telephone.
    "Use" of a wireless telephone shall include, but not be limited to, talking or listening to another person on the telephone.
    c. Enforcement of this act by State or local law enforcement officers shall be accomplished only as a secondary action when the operator of a motor vehicle has been detained for a violation of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes or another offense.
    d. A person who violates this section shall be fined no less than $100 or more than $250.
    e. No motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points pursuant to section 26 of P.L.1990, c.8 (C.17:33B-14) shall be assessed for this offense.
    f. The Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission shall develop and undertake a program to notify and inform the public as to the provisions of this act.
    L.2003,c.310,s.1.
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    she just picked it up to turn it off, she was not holding it when driving. the law was PL2003 c.310 (c.39:4-97:3)
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    then it would seem the ticket is not proper and should be argued. Of course, the officers notes on the situation and what they testify to could claim something quite different though.
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    Is there a way to get the officer's notes?
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    I don't know the specifics in NJ but typically that would be through discovery prior to a trial.

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