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  • NJ A854
  • Creates Task Force on Distracted Driving.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates a task force in the Department of Transportation to be known as the "Task Force on Driver Distractions" to study and make recommendations concerning the impact of driver distractions on highway safety. The task force is to consist of nine members. The Commissioner of Transportation, the Commissioner of Education, the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, and the Director of the Office of Highway Traffic Safety in the Department of Law and Public Safety would serve ex-officio. Members of the County Prosecutor's Association of New Jersey and New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association also would be appointed to the task force. In addition, three public members with education or experience in highway traffic safety would be included in the membership, with one of these members to be appointed by the Governor, one by the President of the Senate, and one by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The task force is to organize within 120 days after the appointment of a majority of its members and select a chairperson from among the members. The Department of Transportation would provide staff support to the task force. The task force's charge is to study and develop recommendations concerning the issue of driver distractions and highway safety including, but not limited to, electronic communication devices. The bill requires the task force to develop recommendations for public and private strategies and recommendations for legislative or regulatory action, if deemed appropriate, to address these issues. The recommendations are to include suggestions for the development of a public information campaign to increase the awareness of the risks associated with driving distractions and to educate and inform motorists of methods to eliminate or minimize these risks. The task force also is required to develop recommendations for improving highway and traffic safety by reducing motor vehicle accidents related to the use of electronic communication technology in conjunction with the operation of a motor vehicle. The task force is required to submit an interim report after six months, and a final report containing its findings and recommendations, including any recommendations for legislative or regulatory action, no later than one year after its organization. It would expire 30 days after the issuance of the final report.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (10:00 9/22/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)  (on 9/22/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
9/22/2016 Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Hearing (10:00 9/22/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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