LETTER bill cracking down on suspended commercial drivers


Prosecutors will have more time to file charges for driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license under a bill sponsored by Assemblymen Jay Webber and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. The bill (S1148/A3958) provides an additional 60 days to bring charges, and it was approved by the General Assembly today.

“Drivers who break the rules and endanger the rest of us should be punished and removed from the roads,” said Webber (R-Morris). “This bill will make sure that unnecessarily tight procedural deadlines do not get in the way of public safety.”

The bill treats drivers with a CDL endorsement the same as somebody with a basic Class D license for passenger cars. Authorities have up to 90 days to make a charge of driving on a suspended license.

“When a trucker is behind the wheel with a suspended license, it raises questions about their driving record, their ability to handle the vehicle, and their attention to traffic laws,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “The safety of our roadways is paramount. The extra time will help prosecutors keep dangerous drivers off the roads.”