NJ Editorial Board Finds “Ham Sandwich” Distracted Driving Bill Too Intrusive

Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) editors don’t like the taste of Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s proposed legislation (A 1908) to combat distracted driving, dubbed the “ham sandwich bill” because it would prohibit drivers from doing anything (such as eating) except operating their vehicles. According to the editors, “We can appreciate the goal of trying to make our roads that much safer; bans on hand-held cellphones and texting while driving are certainly appropriate and needed. But . . . this just goes too far. . . .” They note that the bill is modeled after a Maine law.