NJ bill calls for drunk drivers to support children when parents are killed


TRENTON – State Senator Edward Durr has announced that drunk drivers will be held financially accountable in New Jersey and introduced legislation that would require courts to sentence any driver convicted of reckless vehicle homicide while under the influence to the children to provide financial support to parents or guardians killed in the crash.

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

It provides for financial support up to the age of 18 or until the Abitur.

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

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

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, In 2020, drunk driving was listed as a factor in 29.5% of the state’s 550 fatal motor vehicle accidents, 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 host for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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