New bill would force DUI testing in fatal accidents

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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