A bill that would have barred additional distractions, such as drinking coffee behind the wheel and grooming, did not target video chats and failed to gain support in Trenton.
Steve Carrellas, New Jersey state chapter coordinator for the National Motorists Association, said his organization would oppose any effort to ban FaceTime or other visual apps while driving.
“Visual apps are, technically speaking, just hands-free calling. What’s the difference between people who look over every once in a while to the passenger they’re talking to,” he said.
A school bus driver ticketed for violating the cell phone ban faces a fine of up to $500.