Munoz legislation creating task force on driver distractions advances

Munoz legislation creating task force on driver distractions advances

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz’s bill establishes a task force to study and make recommendations concerning the impact of driver distractions on road and highway safety.

“Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction,” stated Munoz (R-Union). “Whether it’s sending a text message, talking on a cell phone or using a navigation system, any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others.”

Under the bill, the task force is to consist of 13 members.  A member of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey, New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Insurance Council of New Jersey, and Driving School Association of New Jersey would be appointed to the task force.  In addition, three public members with education or experience in highway traffic safety are to be appointed by the Governor, one of whom is to be recommended by the President of the Senate and one of whom is to be recommended by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The Commissioner of Transportation, Commissioner of Education, Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, and Superintendent of State Police would serve ex-officio.

“Combating the issue of distracted driving needs a task force made up of various key members with expertise in this area in order to continue the fight against unsafe and distracted driving practices,” said Munoz.

The task force is to organize within 120 days after the appointment of the three public members and select a chairperson.  The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is to provide the necessary professional and clerical staff to the task force.  Five members of the commission would constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

“I want the task force to hit the ground running because we need to focus on real solutions to a problem that affects every driver, passenger, and pedestrian in New Jersey,” stated Munoz. “The safety of the citizens of New Jersey will be one of the task force’s chief concerns.”