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Houghtaling & Downey Propose Adding Points to Driving Record of Drivers who Violate NJ's "Move Over" Law


Bill Sponsored by 11th Legislative Team Would Strengthen "Move Over" Law; Help Prevent Roadside Crashes

Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are sponsoring a bill that would impose motor vehicle penalty points for violations of the state's "Move Over" law.

The Move Over law requires motorists to move over, when possible, when they spot service vehicles including police cars, firetrucks and tow trucks with flashing lights.

The bill was inspired by Donna Setaro and her tireless campaign to raise awareness about New Jersey's Move Over law. Setaro's son, New Jersey State Trooper Marc Castellano, was struck and killed while standing on the shoulder of Route 195 in 2010.

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Coughlin, Schaer, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration Now Law

- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to automatically register and update voter registration for those applying for a driver's license, examination permit, probationary driver's license or non-driver identification card is now law.

"This is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty..."

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Assemblywoman Joann Downey Main Page