ASSEMBLY, No. 1802

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  JASON O'DONNELL

District 31 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits use of wearable computer with head mounted display while driving.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act prohibiting the use of certain electronic devices while driving and supplementing Title 39 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a. The use of a wearable computer with head mounted display by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful.

     For the purposes of P.L.    , c.    (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), “wearable computer with head mounted display” means a computing device which is worn on the head of an individual and projects visual information into the field of vision of the wearer.

     b.    A person who violates this section shall be fined $100.

     c.    No motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points pursuant to section 26 of P.L.1990, c.8 (C.17:33B-14) shall be assessed for this offense.

     d.    Whenever this section is used as an alternative offense in a plea agreement to any other offense in Title 39 of the Revised Statutes that would result in the assessment of motor vehicle points, the penalty shall be the same as the penalty for a violation of section 1 of P.L.2000, c.75 (C.39:4-97.2), including the surcharge imposed pursuant to subsection f. of that section, and a conviction under this section shall be considered a conviction under section 1 of P.L.2000, c.75 (C.39:4-97.2) for the purpose of determining subsequent enhanced penalties under that section.

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill prohibits the use of a wearable computer with head mounted display, such as Google Glass, by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway.  The bill defines “wearable computer with head mounted display” as a computing device which is worn on the head of an individual and projects visual information into the field of vision of the wearer.

     Any person who violates the provisions of the bill is subject to a $100 fine, but shall not be assessed any motor vehicle points or automobile insurance eligibility points.