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Wife of New Jersey governor cited for traffic violations

In a twist of fate, the wife of the person who created the distracted driving policy was fined for violating that law. According to new legislation, police officers can cite individuals for traffic violations if they are using a cellular phone while driving. In New Jersey, the law can include any activity deemed distracting, but cell phones are typically the most likely culprit. 

The incident occurred during a regular traffic stop in April. It was recorded on dash cam footage which was later released to the press. At first, Mary Pat Christie, the New Jersey first lady, could be heard asking why she had been pulled over. The officer explained it was because she was seen with her cell phone in her hands. 

She stated that she wasn't making a call, but the officer clarified that the law meant that she could not even have the phone in her hand. In fact, any activity deemed distracting, like eating or drinking, could even be grounds for a ticket. During the stop, the first lady did not reveal she was the wife of Gov. Christie. She later pleaded guilty to using a cellular phone while driving and was issued a $250 fine. 

In New Jersey, thanks to the work of the governor, authorities are cracking down on distracted driving. An individual who has been ticketed for this or other traffic violations can choose to fight the ticket in court. When taking the case to court, many people choose to hire a defense attorney to help them in making an effective case.

Source: ABC News, "Mary Pat Christie caught, ticketed in NJ distracted driving crackdown", Meghan Keneally, Accessed on Nov. 21, 2017

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