NJ Distracted Driving Legislation Sparks Outcry. (Hint: Second Amendment Cited.)

The New York Times goes all-in to report on the “outcry” over New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s distracted driving legislation. The lawmaker, who chairs the assembly transportation committee, tells the newspaper, “The relationship between people and their cars, it’s almost like a Second Amendment thing — it may not be enshrined in the Constitution, but people think it is. . . . That’s the peculiarity of New Jersey.” The Times notes that the bill, “which mimics a distracted-driving law in Maine, does not ban drinking coffee, eating or any other specific activity. It does, however, empower police officers to issue a summons to drivers doing anything “unrelated to the operation of the vehicle, in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle.” (And that includes texting, drinking coffee and reading, say, the Constitution.)