Bill named for NJ man would help car rental firms flag potential terroristsPosted: Updated:
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.
“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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