PolitickerNJ Wire Feed
Because one drunken driving offense is too many, an Assembly panel approved bipartisan legislation today that is sponsored by Assembly Republicans John Amodeo and Caroline Casagrande to increase penalties against drivers who repeatedly drive under the influence.
“One drunken driving offense is too many,” Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said. “We need stronger penalties against those who repeatedly put other people’s lives in danger to stop them before another tragedy occurs.”
The legislation was introduced last summer in the midst of a Vineland man getting charged with driving under the influence six times in three months.
“That is simply outrageous,” Casagrande said. “Driving drunk six times is no accident and we need to make it harder for serial drunk drivers to get back on the road and put our families at risk.”
The bill, A-3057:
• Imposes additional penalties for multiple drunken driving offenses within 60 days: a maximum $10,000 fine and/or 18 months in prison.
• Requires courts to immediately suspend the driver’s license on a second offense.
• Sends subsequent offenses to Superior Court instead of municipal courts.
• Allows courts to impose bails of up to $10,000 for repeat offenses.
“We need to take keys from people who can’t learn their lesson after a first offense,” Amodeo said.
“This law would make our roads safer from menaces who have no respect for themselves or human life,” Casagrande added.
The measure has bipartisan support from 29 members of the Assembly.
Assemblyman John Amodeo / 609-677-8266
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande / 732-866-1695
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"I can talk to folks on the corner, and I can talk to people in the boardroom." - Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.