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Can You Legally Use Headphones While Driving in New Jersey?

Some states, such as Massachusetts and California, passed laws that forbid drivers to use headphones while driving. Other states, such as Colorado and New York, require drivers to keep one earbud out while they drive. However, New Jersey is one of the states that does not prohibit headphone use while driving and even categorizes them as hands-free devices, given most are now equipped with microphones. While it is legal, wearing a headset while driving is not necessarily the safest option. Is Wearing Headphones While Driving Dangerous? The answer is definitely “yes.” Whether the car’s radio is broken, you’d prefer different music from other passengers, you’re tuning into a podcast or you’re talking on the phone, you are ultimately decreasing your sensory input and endangering others on the road. Drivers with headphones in are unable to hear the following as well as they should: Horns from other drivers Sirens from emergency…
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Man Killed in New Jersey Truck Crash Caused by a Driver With a Record

Last month, we wrote about a truck driver who crashed into dozens of cars, through a police barricade, injuring three drivers and killing one. The truck driver was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree reckless aggravated assault and second-degree manslaughter. He was believed to have been drunk during the truck crash. It has now been revealed the drunk truck driver has been arrested 55 times and violated his parole at least seven times. According to the prosecutors, the driver used fake Social Security numbers and has five convictions for felony offenses, including battery and domestic violence. Outraged victims and their families told ABC7 this driver should never have been on the road in the first place. Trucking Companies Must Run Thorough Background Checks to Avoid Hiring Drivers With Records Trucking companies have a responsibility to take steps that decrease the likelihood of a truck crash by determining the competency of…
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A Fatal Truck Crash in New Jersey Has Drawn Attention to This Dangerous Road

Last month, a car merged into the left lane on Interstate 78 East and smashed into a truck hauling a trailer. The truck rolled several times and struck a New Jersey Department of Transportation truck. A passenger was killed, while a separate driver and a passenger both sustained serious injuries in this fatal truck crash. Not two weeks prior, a truck driver smashed into a bridge abutment on the same stretch of highway. The truck caught fire and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene. Why is Interstate 78 Dangerous? There is a 30-mile stretch of Interstate 78 extending up to the Interstate 278 interchange that five people have died on in the last six months. Already, this an increase from the total number of accidents on this road in 2015. From 1997 to 2014, there was a total of 13,336 accidents, 2,029 reported injuries and 99 people who…
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