Pay Bills

NJ bill forces drunk drivers to pay child support if parents are killed

TRENTON — Saying he will hold New Jersey drunk drivers financially accountable, state Sen. Edward Durr has introduced legislation that would require courts to ensure any driver is convicted of reckless homicide while driving. a vehicle while under the influence to pay financial assistance to children of parents or guardians killed in the crash.

The legislation (S2679) sponsored by Durr, R-Gloucester, is inspired by similar measures in states like Missouri and Tennessee, according to a statement from Durr’s office on Tuesday.

It states that financial support should be provided until a child turns 18 or has graduated from high school.

In case of mental or physical disability, the statement said, support must be provided until the child is 21 years old.

“Since parents are ultimately responsible for the upbringing and upbringing of their children, if a parent is killed by a drunk driver, that driver should be held responsible for the financial well-being of those children,” said Durr in the release. .

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety, in 2020, drunk driving was listed as a contributing factor in 29.5% of the 550 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state, the highest percentage in two decades.

There was no immediate word on when Durr’s bill might be considered.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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