Trenton, NJ—The state of New Jersey moves forward with a bill that would make it easier for prosecutors to obtain a conviction for vehicular homicide or assault by auto against someone who illegally uses a cell phone while driving, NJ.com reports.
The S1616 bill, also known as “Kulesh and Kubert’s Law,” was approved 5-0 by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Under this bill, proof someone was using a hand-held cell phone while driving will be allowed to show that the person was being reckless, which is part of the foundation for the charges.
This bill is aimed to further prevent the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
But, a similar bill last legislative session did not advance past the committee stage.
“The bill is designated as ‘Kulesh and Kubert’s Law’ after Helen Kulesh who was tragically killed by a person who was using a cell phone while driving, and David and Linda Kubert who were both severely injured by a driver who was illegally using a cell phone,” the bill states.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for New Jersey lawyers.