- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

That first bite of your Big Mac could cost you $400 in fines if some New Jersey lawmakers have their way.

New Jersey Assemblymen John Wisniewski, Nicholas Chiaravalloti and Patrick Diegnan are co-sponsoring a bill to levy fines on motorists caught performing “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway,” NBC News reported on Tuesday.

Under that definition, everything from nibbling a french fry to sipping a soda to texting on a phone would be subject to a fine.

“A first-time offense can carry up to $400 in fines, something that jumps to as much as $800 for a third offense — plus a 90-day license suspension and points,” NBC reported.

Critics doubt fresh legislation should be on the state’s legislative menu, however.

“This proposed distracted driving law is not needed, since three statutes can be used when a distraction causes unsafe actions, like swerving or crossing a line,” Steve Carrellas, policy and government affairs director for the New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association, told NJ.com, according to NBC News. “There is unsafe driving, careless driving, and reckless driving.”

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