New Jersey's revised cell phone law

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  1. KC2GMN

    KC2GMN QRZ Member

    This past Saturday 3/1/08, NJ's revised cell phone law went into effect. After reading it, it appears that talking not only on a hand held cell phone will earn you a ticket, but it now includes "electronic communication device" (read two way radio here), ham, CB, FRS, etc. Just wait till some trucker or other good buddy is stopped and receives a ticket under this newly revised law, then the screaming will start.

    Amateur radio is excluded.

    Here's the URL for the text of it http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2006/Bills/PL07/198_.HTM

    All the ham's in NJ should print out a copy and highlight the part about amateur radio, keep it in your car with your registration and insurance card and a copy of your FCC ticket too.

    Even if you don't live in NJ, you never know when you might drive through the fine police state of the People's Republic of NJ and some over zealous uniform spot's you with one hand on the wheel and the other holding a mike to your rig.

    73
    Ray
     
  2. N0OV

    N0OV Guest

    I am actually surprised the "Garbage State" actually added an Amateur Radio Exclusion to this law. Should be an interesting discussion the first time a State Trooper pulls someone over for running a laptop and learns they were not "texting" but using "APRS"
     
  3. KI4AGR

    KI4AGR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kentucky allso has a Excluded Amatur radio law - I keep a copy in my car it is allso for Scanners - If you come this way get your print out !!
    73 - Don
     
  4. N9LYA

    N9LYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nj WTF

    NewJersy,

    The Nanny State - You are too stupid to take care of yoruself so we do it for you.. (State Moto)


    73 Jerry N9LYA



     
  5. WA8FOZ

    WA8FOZ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Might there be a website or some other resource where these statutes (and HR exclusions!)are posted for each state? It would be very convenient to have these to refer to and make printouts when we travel.
     
  6. WA4TM

    WA4TM Ham Member QRZ Page


    Yes, this would be very good info to have on hand!!!
     
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  7. K4JF

    K4JF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't see any exclusion for police or EMTs in that listing. It will get interesting when (if) a policeman answers a call from HQ while driving and Highway Patrolman tickets him! And of course if he doesn't ticket him, then the civilians have cause for complaint.

    Keg of worms, what?
     
  8. N9MOQ

    N9MOQ Guest

    With the dozens of other copies from all the other states that I already have similar copies of showing the exemption for Hams?

    Instead of us all having to have a notebook with all these new laws coming out every year from every state, we should just keep radio laws on the Federal level and forbid states from causing all this grief.

    Perhaps the FCC could issue us licenses that has print on it saying that no state laws may apply to the radios or operation of radios by the person named on the license.

    And perhaps all police officers of every state, county, city, village and town could be taught and trained about the laws, so that the citizens don't have to carry copies of the laws around in order to avoid arrest or time educating the officers of the laws they are not aware of.

    Especially since most police officers do not like it when you try to tell them they are wrong and try to get them to read a copy of the law you have.

    I don't like being put in that postion.
     
  9. WA4TM

    WA4TM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am not arguing this issue, just saying it would be nice if WE had a copy of the state laws, as you all know there are some very "creative" interpretations of laws every day..

    Might not be much help on the Barney Phife types out there, BUT having a copy of the law might help when you have your day in court..

    73
     
  10. KC2EGL

    KC2EGL XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I know that New York City did the same thing back around 2000 or 2001. I am not sure if the former Republic on New York State did the same. With the current batch of Communists controling the state (Dictator Spitzer for one) I would not be surprised if they passed a law stating it is not permissible to have a radio in your car unless you are a soldier of the state.
     
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