Published On: Fri, Jun 29th, 2012

New Jersey passes bill to make drivers accountable for cell phone use while driving

New Jersey legislators passed bill that would enable prosecutors to pursue convictions of vehicular homicide or assault by automobile against a person who is illegally using a cell phone while driving.

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NJ Today reports that the bill, S1616, is designated as “Kulesh, Kubert, and Bolis’ Law” after Helen Kulesh, who was tragically killed by a person who was using a cell phone while driving; David and Linda Kubert, who were both severely injured by a driver who was illegally using a cell phone; and Toni Bolis and her son Ryan Jeffery Bolis, who died in a motor vehicle accident that was allegedly caused by a person who was using a cell phone while driving.

“At this point, drivers in New Jersey should realize that paying more attention to their cell phones than to the road is a dangerous practice,” said state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union). “In the case of the Kulesh, Kubert and Bolis families, innocent victims paid the price for other people’s distracted driving. This bill makes it clear that drivers who put themselves and others at risk should be subject to the strictest possible penalty under our state’s motor vehicle laws.”

Philly.com lists some of the other bills which were passed today as well.

  • nonviolent offenders who struggle with drug addiction would be sentenced to treatment rather than prison
  • teacher tenure-overhaul bill to make tenure more difficult to achieve and retain, and would require teachers to pass annual evaluations partly based on student test scores
  • additional state money to suburban schools at the expense of urban districts
  • House and Senate also approved a handful of bills that Christie has previously vetoed and is expected to block again
  • restore the Earned Income Tax Credit – a benefit for the working poor – to 25 percent of the federal earned income tax credit

Several bills awaiting Senate approval were held, including a bill to ban tanning by those 15 and younger without parental permission and a measure that would have allowed judges to deny bail to offenders deemed “dangerous” to the community. Both had passed in the Assembly.


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