The drive-in at your local McDonald’s could rank up there with the neighborhood bar when it comes to sending dangerous drivers back out on the road, at least according to a trio of New Jersey lawmakers, and they want to do something about it.
They’re asking colleagues to pass a new bill that would ban, among other things, bar motorists from sipping on a cup of coffee or nibbling on a burger while behind the wheel. Violators could wind up paying fines of up to $800 and even have their licenses revoked for up to 90 days.
It’s not that NJ Assemblyman John Wisniewski equates sipping a caffeinated latte with guzzling alcohol. He and Assembly co-sponsors Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Patrick Diegnan are trying to target the broader issue of distracted driving – an issue federal regulators say contributes to at least 11% of all fatal crashes in the U.S.
The proposed measure would ban, “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway.”