Bill Would Protect Text Senders

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 5, 2013

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Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

A New Jersey lawmaker is introducing legislation that would shield the sender of a text message from being sued if the person who receives it is driving and gets in an accident.

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande says an appellate court ruling that basically requires someone who sends a text to know what a recipient is doing when they get it is absurd.

 “The fact that you now have to stop and think if you’re texting your husband to get milk whether you’re going to be sued or not I think is just silly. Responsibility belongs in the front seat of that vehicle with the driver.”

Casagrande says the appellate court has set an impractical standard.

“It’s really just another example of an activist court in New Jersey overreaching, making laws that make no common sense, and I think the average New Jerseyan is just shaking their heads, thinking what’s going on here.”

Casagrande is hoping to get bipartisan support for her bill to protect text senders from civil liability.


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