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 cellphone.
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.
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