New Jersey Lawmakers Aim to Make Wheelchair Transportation Safer (May 18, 2012)
New Jersey has advanced a new bill that will require all transported wheelchairs to be secured by a four-point restraint system within their traveling vehicle. The bill has been motivated by a fatal 2008 accident which took the life of an 86 year old resident who was on his way to physical therapy.
State Senator O’Toole explains that, “It is a law for the protection of motorists and their passengers to be buckled up during their travels and it is absolutely essential for passengers in wheelchairs to be properly belted in.”
If passed, the bill will require all entities engaged in transporting passengers in wheelchairs to secure their passengers in wheelchairs using the four-point system. Lawmakers are confident this bill will pass despite a similar version failing to pass through Assembly last session.