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Governor Signs Beck Bill Barring Drivers with DUI Conviction from Operating NJ Transit Trains

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to prohibit persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Jennifer Beck’s legislation prohibiting persons with DUI-related suspended or revoked licenses from operating NJ Transit trains has been signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s incomprehensible that people who were prohibited from driving a car due to DUI-related issues were allowed to continue driving trains with hundreds of passengers,” said Beck. “I’m glad that the Legislature and Governor Christie were able to act so quickly to fix this outrageous loophole in state law.”

S-20 was introduced on May 26 following an investigative report by WABC on a New Jersey Transit engineer who was permitted under state law to continue driving commuter trains despite having lost his motor vehicle driver’s for ten years for alcohol related issues, the latest in a string of such suspensions.

The measure, sponsored with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, moved through the entire legislative process in just over a month, and was sent to the Governor’s desk on June 27.

“The speed with which the Legislature acted to fast-track this bill is a sign of how important it is,” Beck added. “The nearly 400,000 people who board NJ Transit trains on an average weekday expect and deserve a safe ride.”

Under the newly enacted law, any person whose driver’s license is suspended or revoked for a DUI, or for refusing to take a breathalyzer test, in New Jersey or any other state, would be barred from operating NJ Transit trains or light rail cars.

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