Motor Vehicle Statutes

Car Seat Regulations

For car seats in the state of New Jersey, the child using the car seat must be 7 years and younger and weigh less than 80 lbs.  Also, the car seat must be placed in the rear seat of the vehicle if there is one available.  An adult safety belt is not permissible.  For the first offense, the maximum fine is $47.

Seat Belt Regulations

As of May 1, 2000, there is a standard enforcement for the use of seat belts in the state of New Jersey.  Everyone must wear their seatbelts.  All children from the ages of 7 years and younger and weigh more than 80 lbs must wear seatbelts at all times; otherwise they must be in a car seat.  For adults, if you are not wearing your seatbelt, you will be fined $45.

Cell Phone Law

It will be unlawful to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle on any highway, street or road EXCEPT:

1.      When using a hands-free system and while doing so it does not interfere with the operation of the vehicle. It must also not obstruct the    deployment of any airbags.
2.      (a) A person may use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle when the operator has reason to fear for their lives and or safety or believe a criminal act may be perpetrated against them or another.
(b) To report a fire, motor vehicle accident, serious road hazard, medical emergency, hazardous material emergency or to report a careless, reckless, unsafe or possible drunk driver.
3.      FINE:  $100.00 – $250.00

Violations and Fines

Violations Fine
Adult Seatbelt Violation: 39:3-76.2f $45.00
Document Violation: Not in Possession of Drivers License, Registration, Insurance Card $176.00
Vehicle Inspection Violations: 39:8-1 & 39:8-4 $126.00
Twp Ordinance Parking Violations T.O.21:11-1.2 $23.00
Wipers on / Headlamps Required: 39:3-47a $47.00
Handicapped Parking Violation: 39:4-138.O $250.00*

* in addition, the vehicle may be towed.

All other violations that were $78.00 are now $81.00

Driving While Under the Influence of Liquor or Drugs
Effective: January 1, 2004

The legal limit has been changed from .10% BAC to .08% BAC.
There also have been changes in the fines and length of suspensions.

Offense Fines and Suspensions
.08% -.09% BAC Fine: $250 – $400
Suspension:  3 months
IDRC:12-48 hours
.10% -.15% BAC Fine: $300 – $500
Suspension: 7 months – 1 year
IDRC: 12-48 hours
.16% & Higher Fine: $400-$600
Suspension: 9 months – 1 year
IDRC: 12-48 hours

All the above are for 1st offense only. 2nd and subsequent offenses will have enhanced penalties.

2nd Offense Fine: $500 – $1,000Suspension: 2 yearsCommunity Service: 30 days

Ignition Interlock Installed

3rd & Subsequent Offense Fine: $1,000Suspension: 10 yearsJail: Up to 180 days

No Community Service Option

Ignition Interlock Installed

Additional penalties imposed by law for each conviction of 39:4-50 on 1st, 2nd, 3rd or higher

$200.00 Drunk Driving Enforcement Fund $50.00 Victim Crime Compensation Board $75.00 Safe Neighborhood Fund

Fines and Penalties listed on this web page DO NOT include additional court costs, lab fees or other penalties imposed by law.

To determine your total fine please call the municipal court for the town where you received a traffic ticket or were arrested.  A court clerk will advise you of your total fine.

The municipal court office is closed on all legal holidays.  After hours, holidays or on weekends DO NOT phone the police department with questions concerning fines and penalties.

Penns Grove Municipal Court
Monday thru Friday
Citizen complaints are done between the hours of 9:00am – 3:00pm
Payment window is open between the hours of 8:30am – 3:30pm
(856) 299-0098 ext. 106

Please remember to “Buckle Up” & “Drive Safe & Sober”

New Jersey Points System

New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway

27:23-29Moving Against Traffic2
27:23-29Improper Passing4
27:23-29Unlawful use of Median Strip2

All Roads and Highways
39:3-20Operating constructor vehicle in excess of 45 mph3
39:4-14.3Operating motorized bicycle on a restricted highway2
39:4-14.3dMore than one person on a motorized bicycle2
39:4-35Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk2
39:4-36Failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk; passing a vehicle yielding to pedestrian in crosswalk2
39:4- 41Driving through safety zone2
39:4-52Racing on highway5
39:4-55Improper action or omission on grades and curves2
39:4-57Failure to observe direction of officer2
39:4-66Failure to stop vehicle before crossing sidewalk2
39:4-66.1Failure to yield to pedestrians or vehicles while entering or leaving highway2
39:4-66.2Driving on public or private property to avoid a traffic sign or signal2
39:4-71Operating a motor vehicle on a sidewalk2
39:4-80Failure to obey direction of officer2
39:4-81Failure to observe traffic signals2
39:4-82Failure to keep right2
39:4-82.1Improper operating of vehicle on divided highway or divider2
39:4-83Failure to keep right at intersection2
39:4-84Failure to pass to right of vehicle proceeding in opposite direction5
39:4-85Improper passing on right or off roadway4
39:4-85.1Wrong way on a one-way street2
39:4-86Improper passing in no passing zone4
39:4-87Failure to yield to overtaking vehicle2
39:4-88Failure to observe traffic lanes2
39:4-90Failure to yield at intersection2
39:4-90.1Failure to use proper entrances to limited access highways2
39:4-91-92Failure to yield to emergency vehicles2
39:4-96Reckless driving5
39:4-97Careless driving2
39:4-97aDestruction of agricultural or recreational property2
39:4-97.1Slow speed blocking traffic2
39:4-97.2Driving in an unsafe manner (points only assessed for the third or subsequent violation(s) within a five-year period.)4
39:4-98Exceeding maximum speed 1-14 mph over limit2
39:4-99Exceeding maximum speed 15-29 mph over limit4
"Exceeding maximum speed 30 mph or more over limit5
39:4-105Failure to stop for traffic light2
39:4-115Improper turn at traffic light3
39:4-119Failure to stop at flashing red signal2
39:4-122Failure to stop for police whistle2
39:4-123Improper right or left turn3
39:4-124Improper turn from approved turning course3
39:4-125Improper U-turn3
39:4-126Failure to give proper signal2
39:4-127Improper backing or turning in street2
39:4-127.1Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing2
39:4-127.2Improper crossing of bridge2
39:4-128Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles2
39:4-128.1Improper passing of school bus5
39:4-128.4Improper passing of frozen dessert truck"
39:4-129Leaving the scene of an accident - No personal injury2
"Personal injury8
39:4-144Failure to observe stop or yield signs2
39:5C-1Racing on highway5
39:5D-4Moving violation out of state2