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Is New Jersey Hard On Dangerous Drivers

September 8, 2015

As someone who has suffered a personal injury at the hands of a drunk driver, you probably want to know that the laws in your state are protecting you and punishing those who put your life in danger. While some states are better than others when it comes to penalizing these negligent and dangerous drivers, all states have penalties.

There are some states that are less strict on high-risk drivers, just as there are some that require these drivers to be carefully monitored and penalized severely when they make mistakes on the road. What some find unfortunate is that New Jersey is not a state that penalizes drivers severely, resulting in looser laws and potentially more accidents caused by reckless drivers.

New Jersey ranks 44th in the country for strictness. That means that it is less strict than 43 other states and only stricter than six. What’s interesting to see is that New Jersey ranks higher when it comes to drunk drivers, and it is the 37th best state for DUI prevention. It is 42nd for DUI criminal penalties, and it is ranked 37th for penalizing reckless drivers.

Even with those statistics, it’s easy to see that New Jersey can still improve in how well it prevents drunk-driving accidents and penalizes drunk drivers. These drivers make a choice to go out on the roads drunk, and that choice could be putting others’ lives in danger. It’s possible that new state legislation in the future will help increase penalties on those who are reckless with their own and others’ lives on New Jersey’s roads.

Source: WalletHub, “2015’s Strictest And Most Lenient States on High Risk Drivers,” Alina Comoreanu, accessed Sep. 08, 2015

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