Is a cell phone ticket a moving violation in NJ?

I just got a new job in New Jersey, and I’m excited about the move! However, I like to acclimate myself with the driving laws in each state so I can avoid tickets or increases to my car insurance rates. Can I get a moving violation if I’m caught using my cell phone in NJ?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats on the new job! A first and second cell phone ticket—given as distracted driving tickets—are not moving violations, and they are not reported in any fashion. However, the third offense becomes a moving violation, gets reported as an official offense, and results in three points on your license.
Here’s a quick breakdown on what you’ll face for careless cell phone use:
  • First offense: $200 to $400 fine, no reporting, no points on your license
  • Second offense: $400 to $600 fine, no reporting, no points on your license
  • Third offense: $600 to $800 fine, reported to the state, three points on your license, 90-day license suspension
Hopefully, you never get tickets to the point of an insurance rate increase. But keep in mind that the state only gives new residents 60 days to get a license, registration, and
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