As the holidays near, New Jersey residents are expected to take part in a number of celebrations. And these parties often involve the cheerful consumption of alcohol. However, the East Brunswick Police is advising residents to refrain from drinking if they have any plans to get behind the wheel.
Most New Jersey residents are aware of the recent Metro-North train accident in the Bronx that killed four passengers and injured dozens more. The train engineer and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been widely blamed for the accident, and the engineer has been suspended without pay.
The New Jersey Assembly is considering a new bill that would require drivers involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident to give a blood sample. If passed, police will be able to do away with establishing probable cause before asking a driver for a blood test.
Recently, the New Jersey state Senate took a tough stance against drunk driving accidents, voting to require that ignition interlock devices be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunk drivers. The bill replaces the total suspension of a driver's license with a penalty of requiring the ignition interlock device to be installed in their car for a period of three to twelve months. The bill is an effort to combat the prevalence of drunk driving accidents, and there is data available to back up the assertion that these devices prevent DUI accidents and save lives.