NJ Raises Fines On Phone Use While Driving

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Motorists who can’t put down their cellphones face tougher penalties in New Jersey.

Higher fines take effect Tuesday for motorists caught talking or texting on handheld devices. First-time offenders would have to pay between $200 and $400. Drivers convicted of a second offense would have to pay between $400 and $600, while third and subsequent offenses would face a fine of $600 to $800, might lose their licenses for 90 days and have three points assessed against their driving records.

Some police departments plan to increase patrols.