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Bill OK'd allowing police to impound car in DWI, N.J.


April 02, 2001
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Bill OK'd allowing police to impound car in DWI, N.J.

From News Service Reports
March 30, 2001, Friday
Copyright 2001 North Jersey Media Group Inc.
The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
March 30, 2001, Friday; All Editions

(TRENTON, N.J.) - Police will soon have the power to confiscate a drunken driver's vehicle for up to 12 hours if acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco approves the proposal.

By unanimous vote, the state Assembly gave final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that allows just that. The Senate approved the bill, 32-0, last month.

The legislation was prompted by the death of John R. Elliott, 22, of Egg Harbor Township, a recent U.S. Naval Academy graduate who was killed July 22 when the car he was driving was hit by a man who had been arrested for drunken driving three hours earlier and released by police.

The driver was picked up by a friend, who took him back to his vehicle.

People who pick up drunken drivers after an arrest would also be affected by the bill. It directs police to give that person a written statement detailing the possible penalties if they allow the arrested driver get back behind the wheel.

DiFrancesco, who voted for the bill as a member of the Senate, isexpected to sign it into law.

The sponsors intend to name the new law after Elliott.

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