New bill would force DUI testing in fatal accidents

Drivers involved in accidents in New Jersey that result in death or serious injury would have to submit to sobriety testing under a bill advancing

TRENTON - Drivers involved in accidents in New Jersey that result in death or serious injury would have to submit to sobriety testing under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.

Currently, drivers can only be tested for drugs or alcohol when there's evidence or a clear-cut suspicion that a driver is under the influence.

That would change under a bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblymen Nelson Albano of Cape May Court House and Paul Moriarty of Turnersville. The measure would require drivers to submit to a breath test or give a blood sample to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.

Those who refuse would be subject to the same penalties as someone convicted of refusal in relation to a drunk driving charge.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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