James E. McGreevey signed into law Aug. 5 a bill that permits
prosecutors to charge drivers who kill another person after falling
asleep behind the wheel with vehicular homicide.
S1644, motorists in New Jersey who drive after going without sleep
for more than 24 hours and cause the death of another driver could
be charged with vehicular homicide. The tired driver could spend
up to 10 years in prison and face a $100,000 fine.
new law is named “Maggie’s Law” for Maggie McDowell, a 20-year-old
college student from Gloucester County who was killed in 1997
by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. The man received a $200
driving fatigued in the Garden State was not a crime, even if
the drowsy driver’s vehicle killed someone else. Under the new
law, operating a vehicle in a sleep-deprived state is considered