TRENTON – The full Senate today approved a package of bills sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) that would crack down on motorists repeatedly caught driving under the influence or driving with a suspended license. The bills would also impose stiff new penalties on those caught lending their vehicle to someone with a suspended or revoked license, in an effort to deter those who enable repeat offenders.
“I understand people make mistakes, but if you don’t learn from those mistakes and continue to endanger the lives of others, I’ve got a message for you: We’re not going to tolerate it anymore,” said Sen. Codey. “We need to change our approach to these offenses if we really want to send a wake up call to repeat offenders. How can we tell someone caught driving with a suspended license that their punishment is another suspension? That’s the equivalent of throwing in the towel or looking the other way.”