NJ Law Toughens Penalties for Texting, Talking

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

New Jersey is stiffening the penalties for motorists who use cellphones to talk or text.

A bill signed into law Thursday increases the fine to a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $400 for a first offense. A second offense carries a minimum fine of $400 and a maximum of $600, with a minimum of $600 and a maximum of $800 for third or subsequent offenses.

Judges can also suspend a driver’s license for 90 days for anyone convicted of third offenses and impose three motor vehicle points.