Jersey Motorists Facing Latest Kind of DUI? Trenton Legislators Consider Law Banning "Snacking While Driving"
We've already seen it happen just across the Hudson: That failed attempt by local government to control individual choice, namely Mayor Bloomberg's effort to limit the size of soft drinks dispensed at local eateries and restaurants in New York City. That legislation ran up against stiff resistance, yet could something similar and more costly in terms of potential penalties affect drivers here in the Garden State? For those who aren't worried about such things it may be time to consider the potential impact of a ban on eating while driving.
Based on news reports, legislation is making its way through the state legislature that could end up banning in-vehicle eating or almost any other activity deemed by police to interfere with a driver's safe and proper operation of his or her motor vehicle. To some, this may sounds like a long shot, but never underestimate the power of New Jersey's legislators to put laws into effect that can cost motorists a pretty penny down the road.
As experienced DWI defense attorneys, my colleagues and I have been defending individuals accused of drinking and driving for years. We know that many people who lose their DWI or drug DUI cases find that penalties following a conviction for impaired driving are much more than just a slap on the wrist. In fact, with human nature being what it is, additional impaired driving laws could easily result in increased traffic violations in the future, not to mention increased courtroom traffic for the numerous legal cases it could spawn.