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New Jersey May Ban Coffee and Big Macs While Driving

Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 08:06 PM | Monday, August 8, 2016 | (url: http://www.msn.co...)

Call it a legislative overreach, straight to your cars cupholder: Drinking coffee behind the wheel could be outlawed in New Jersey under a proposed distracted-driving law. The stogie that Tony Soprano lights and puffs on the way to his suburban manse? Snuffed out for good as well.

The bill under consideration in the state legislature would 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.

If that sounds broader than the barn you crash into after spilling McDonalds java in your lap, it is. Like the federal government and most states, New Jersey already takes a view of distracted driving thats darker than French Roast. According to the states Office of the Attorney General, inattentive drivers were responsible for nearly 800,000 crashes in the state between 2010 and 2014, including 3,179 deaths in 2014 alone.

Studies talk about how distracted driving is the number-one cause of accidents, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the bills co-sponsor, told NewJersey.com. We ought to be able to stop it.

Because text messaging is a trifecta of distraction, requiring visual, manual and cognitive attention, New Jersey is one of 46 states and the District of Columbia that have outlawed driver texting. The feds brandished an effective stick, threatening to withhold 25 percent of federal highway funds to states that didn't fall in line.


I would argue Coffee contributes to safety.

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