WALL, NJ - Senator Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) will introduce legislation that says refusing a breathalyzer test and DWI convictions can both be used to determine if a motorist is a repeat offender.
"Drunk driving accidents and deaths occur much too frequently and deserve our constant public attention," stated Kean. "We need to make sure people who abuse the public trust by driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are held accountable and don't get a lesser penalty due to a glitch in the law."
The legislation is a result of a recent New Jersey State Supreme Court ruling that said under current law past convictions for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test could not be counted against motorists when they are sentenced for driving while intoxicated. The penalty for DWI increases as the number of prior convictions rises.
"The worst thing is that DWI related accidents are completely avoidable," Kean continued. "We need to address impaired driving and take the necessary steps to prevent these accidents from ever occurring."