Highway operations to be reviewed after NJ Turnpike CrashFebruary 11, 2015

The state’s transportation commissioner has ordered a review of the New Jersey Turnpike’s winter weather operations following a deadly 40-vehicle wreck in Cranbury Township. The directive from Jamie Fox was issued Tuesday, a day after the wreck occurred. Fox, who also serves as chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, said it would be “prudent” …

Hands-Free Calling Systems Potentially Distracting DriversDecember 5, 2014

With three out of four drivers believing that hands-free technology is safe to use, Americans may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The results, which build on the first phase of the Foundation’s research conducted …

No Seat Belt Can Be A CrimeOctober 14, 2014

You could face criminal charges for failure to wear a seat belt or to require child passengers to wear one under a recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision. The State issued that opinion last month in a Sussex County case. In the case recently decided by the Supreme Court, the attorney for the defendant, Kirby …

NJ Supreme Court Guides Sentencing in Careless Driving CasesOctober 2, 2014

A woman cited for careless driving after hitting and killing a pedestrian in Monmouth County should not have been sentenced to jail, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday upholding a lower court decision. “All careless driving situations are not the same, even if each offense meets the same statutory elements,” the court said. “On a …

Seat Belt Violation Can Be Criminal OffenseSeptember 22, 2014

A driver who fails to use a seat belt or fails to require a passenger to use one may be convicted of a criminal offense if there is an accident resulting in serious injury or death, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Sept. 18. Kim Goupil, a 16-year-old Sussex County girl, was killed in a …