TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A measure that makes it easier to convict drivers of
vehicular homicide or assault by auto when they kill or injure someone has
cleared a legislative panel.
Lawmakers say it's currently very difficult to hold drivers criminally
accountable when they kill or injure someone while talking or texting on a
The bill approved Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee would
provide that the illegal use of a cellphone while driving can be considered
driving recklessly — one of the factors in finding a person guilty of vehicular
homicide or assault. The bill now heads to the full Assembly.
The Assembly's Law and Public Safety Committee recently approved the measure,
and a Senate panel approved a similar measure last month.