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State bans DWI offenders from operating NJ Transit trains

Posted by Matt Rooney | Sep 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

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One of the most serious consequences for DWI convicted drivers in New Jersey is the potential for loss of employment. Some employers might fire employees outright because the ability to drive is essential for the job. Transportation could become an issue regardless of the actual position's job description. A brand new state law serves as a dramatic example. This week, Governor Chris Christie signed a new bill into law that bans those convicted of driving drunk from operating NJ Transit trains. The newly-signed legislation resulted from an   investigative report conducted by WABC ; the television network discovered a  New Jersey Transit engineer who continued to drive commuter trains despite having lost his motor vehicle driver's for ten years following multiple alcohol-related infractions. A public outcry ensued that prompted action in Trenton.  “The nearly 400,000 people who board NJ Transit trains on an average weekday expect and deserve a safe ride,” opined state Senator Jennifer Beck of Monmouth County, one of the bill's sponsors.

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Matt Rooney

Practice Areas: Family Law (including Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, and Domestic Violence); Municipal Court; Personal Injury; Residential Real Estate; Civil Litigation; Collections.

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