Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that would upgrade the penalty for all assaults on train and bus operators was approved by the New Jersey Senate today.
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Robert Singer that would upgrade the penalty for all assaults on train and bus operators was approved by the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)
“Every day, operators of trains and busses in New Jersey are responsible for safely transporting thousands of people in and around the state,” said Singer (R-30). “Unfortunately, there have been many instances where bus and train operators are assaulted by unruly passengers. People who engage in such abhorrent behavior are not only putting the lives of the operators at risk, but also the lives of all the passengers. This legislation will significantly increase the penalty for such assaults, and act as a deterrent for future alterations.”
The “Motorbus and Passenger Rail Service Employee Violence Prevention Act,” S-4071, upgrades the penalty for all assaults on a motorbus or autobus operator, the operator’s supervisor, and a rail passenger employee to a minimum of third degree aggravated assault. A crime of the third degree is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $15,000, or both.
The bill also allows New Jersey Transit, motorbus companies, and all rail passenger service providers the ability to ban riders who commit assault for up to one year. If a deadly weapon is used during the assault, the rider may be banned for life.
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