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Ridgewood Police Remind you to Hang Up and Drive


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Ridgewood Police Remind you to Hang Up and Drive

It is a primary offense for a motorist to talk or text message with a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device while driving.
Use of a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device includes, but is not limited to:

Talking or listening to another person.
Text messaging or sending an electronic message.
There is a fine for violating this statute; no points will be assessed for the offense.

The operator of a motor vehicle may use a hand-held wireless telephone while driving with one hand on the steering wheel only if:
The operator has reason to fear for his/her life or safety, or believes that a criminal act may be perpetrated against him/herself or another person.
The operator is using this device to report to appropriate authorities: a fire; traffic crash; serious road hazard; medical or hazardous material emergency; or another motorist who is driving in a reckless, careless or otherwise unsafe manner or who appears to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The amended law took effect on March 1, 2008.

9 thoughts on “Ridgewood Police Remind you to Hang Up and Drive

  1. Does this include the police?

  2. Perhaps the RPD should offer an ‘example’ by putting THEIR phones down when driving!

  3. It seems that every day of the week the Record has a story about another auto accident…and all the pedestrian knock downs in Ridgewood alone make me wonder if many of these incidents occurred by drivers using their phones and pedestrians so plugged in they are oblivious to their surroundings. Unplug!

  4. ban cars

    …that fits the current mentality

  5. this is a joke right. the police are all ways on the cell.

  6. this is the best. who comes up with this shit. the police are allway’s on the phone. and don’t tell me it’s police bizz. yea hello. it is what it is bro.

  7. I see the police on their cell phones all the time – at least 1x per month. They are talking about police business, I’m sure.

  8. Cop’s use the cell phone to transmit messages that scanner people can’t hear this is nothing different than a desk officer telling a patrol car to “hit a box”. The law was poorly written there should be exemption for police officers, that was never installed.

  9. to # 8 o k then they should pull over and talk.

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