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  • NJ A4184
  • Establishes Statewide Hit and Run Advisory Program to facilitate apprehension of persons fleeing motor vehicle accident scene; designated as "Zackhary's Law."
Introduced
(9/19/2016)
In Committee
(5/18/2017)
Crossed Over
(2/15/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill establishes an emergency Zack Alert System. The purpose of the system is to rapidly disseminate information to facilitate the apprehension of persons suspected of causing serious bodily injury to or the death of another person by knowingly being involved in a motor vehicle accident and knowingly leaving the scene of that accident under certain circumstances. Under the provisions of the bill, the system is to be a voluntary, cooperative effort between State and local law enforcement agencies; the Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority; and the media including, but not be limited to, print, radio, social media, and television media outlets. The bill requires the Attorney General to notify the media serving the State of New Jersey of the establishment of the Zack Alert System, and to invite their voluntary participation. A Zack Alert may be authorized if all the requirements under the bill are met. However, the bill grants the lead law enforcement agency discretion to refrain from authorizing a Zack alert if it determines that the activation of the alert would cause public harm or would compromise an ongoing investigation. Upon declaration of a Zack Alert, the participating lead law enforcement agency is required to immediately notify Department of Transportation, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and the South Jersey Transportation Authority as deemed appropriate by the lead law enforcement agency. In addition, the bill requires every officer or employee of a public entity who possesses a wireless telephone or electronic communication device that is issued by a public entity and is capable of receiving text messages to subscribe to the Statewide Wireless Zack Alert Initiative to receive wireless Zack Alert text messages. This bill is designated "Zackhary's Law," in honor of Zackhary Simmons who was killed in Hoboken by a driver who fled the scene and was later arrested in New York.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 5/18/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/18/2017 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/18/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/18/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 5/18/2017 *S3156 has been removed.)
5/18/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 5/18/2017 )
2/27/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
2/15/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (71-0-0)
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4352 pending referral)
1/30/2017 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
10/27/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
10/27/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 10/27/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
9/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/18/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 3 0 2
Detail 2/15/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 0 9
Detail 1/30/2017 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 11 0 0
Detail 10/27/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 0