Bill named for NJ man would help car rental firms flag potential terrorists

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A proposed bipartisan bill in Congress would help car rental companies identify customers who have been flagged by authorities for terrorism-related activities.

The measure announced Monday by Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer is named after a New Jersey resident killed two years ago in a truck attack on a bike path in New York City. Suspect Sayfullo Saipov allegedly used a rented truck in the attack.

The Darren Drake Act would require car and truck rental companies to check customers' names against a list provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

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“The Department of Homeland Security and TSA will provide rental companies and car dealers with the information they need to flag and stop a potential threat in its tracks. All rental companies will be required to report suspicious behavior at every single point of sale. No excuses,” Gottheimer said.

The 32-year-old Drake worked at the World Trade Center and was out for a bike ride when he was struck and killed. Seven others died in the attack.

Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is co-sponsoring the legislation with Gottheimer.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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