New Jersey Bills Target Impaired, Distracted Driving
Another bill in the Assembly committee would require anyone behind the wheel who is involved in a fatal wreck to provide a blood sample.
New Jersey law now requires police to determine probable cause prior to issuing a blood test.
Dubbed “Michelle’s Law,” the bill would do away with the probable cause requirement following wrecks that result in death. A4464 would deem drivers to have given consent to providing a blood sample to determine if they are under the influence of drugs. The same consent rule applies to drivers suspected of drunken driving.
“By requiring this form of sobriety test, this legislation would allow law enforcement to take direct action in a vehicle accident that causes the death of someone involved,” stated Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, D-Bergen/Passaic.
The bill is named for Michelle Sous. The 17-year-old was struck and killed by a car as she crossed the street.