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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 Thursday.

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.

Toms River already uses a license plate scanner to identify vehicles that may be unregistered as officers are out on patrol. Transmitting residents' license suspensions would be another component of the data.

fed up October 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
No crime in good old T.R.today. Must be to cold outside.
bojangles October 13, 2012 at 09:05 AM
well none that was reported haha, well see in the am
Lakeland63 October 13, 2012 at 01:01 PM
"Toms River already uses a license plate scanner to identify vehicles that may be unregistered as officers are out on patrol. Transmitting residents' license suspensions would be another component of the data" Just saying, my license is suspended, for failure to pay sur charges. My vehicle is owned and registered to me. My wife now drives my car on a regular basis. Will this law cause her to be stopped by the police?
SB Girl October 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
It's inconceivable to me that this wasn't done years ago!!
Hollowman October 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This entire proposal is a waste of time. ALL police cars have the capability to check the license status of the registered owner of the vehicle. It takes 2 seconds to search it on a mobile computer and get an instant result from DMV. If the car doesnt have a computer it takes 5 seconds to request it from dispatch who also gets it directly from DMV. Why would a police department need any sort of "list" when its already so readily accessible??? And there is no way DMV will be sending updated lists EVERY DAY to EVERY DEPT in the entire state. So the suspension list will still most likely need to be verified through a dispatcher anyway. Lakeland, If a police officer runs the license plate of your vehicle, and it shows the registered owner is suspended then yes, your wife is likely to be stopped. This is nothing new, it happens now.

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