Bill Proposes Notifying Police Departments of Residents' License Suspensions

Ocean County legislator's bill passes committee.

An Ocean County legislator's proposal to have the state Motor Vehicle Commission notify local police departments when a resident's license is suspended passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee last week.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean), would require the motor vehicle agency to electronically transmit license suspension information to police departments when a resident has his or her license suspended.

Holzapfel said in a statement Thursday he introduced the bill at the urging of several small municipalities that requested they receive this information because it could help determine who may be operating vehicles without a valid license.

"Many small town police departments in New Jersey are unaware that illegal drivers are still on their roads because they are not informed," said Holzapfel. "If law enforcement agencies are made aware of these drivers from the Motor Vehicle Commission many of these illegal drivers will not be able to slip through the cracks thus keeping our roads and townships safer."

In order to be enacted as law, the bill would have to pass a vote by the entire state Senate and Assembly and be signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. 


Blueline October 16, 2012 at 06:45 AM
This law is complete nonsense and a total waste of time. So many people have their license suspended for insurance surcharges and other simple things like allowing a policy to lapse despite obtaining valid insurance from another company. How about enacting a law that forces the MVC to notify the PERSON WHO IS SUSPENDED so that they can rectify the issue. Besides, we all know that the police are too busy and do not give a you know what about suspended DL's. Try again law makers, try again. Please find something more worthy of our tax dollars


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