Legislation To Be Considered To Establish Hands-Free Law As Vehicular Homicide Or Assault By Auto

texting while driving results tls picThe Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet tomorrow to consider legislation to establish violations of the state’s hands-free cell phone law as reckless under vehicular homicide and assault by auto statutes. The Bill, sponsored by Annette Quijano (D-Union) and Albert Coutinho (D-Essex), would make it easier for drivers distracted by their cell phones to face prison after a deadly accident and be charged like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That means, a driver who kills someone while talking or texting could be charged with vehicular homicide, or a driver who seriously injures someone might face an assault by auto charge or vehicular homicide.

The bill was created after a NJ woman was crossing the street and killed by a driver using their cell phone, which was proven by the company’s phone records. The driver was let off with just traffic violations and a day in jail. TLS.

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